Shore Pine Rock Planting

This Pine had an average year with some difficulty getting water into the root mass. There’s loads of soil mass in there but a narrow opening into which it’s planted.

Possibly as a result, the lower extending branch to the left got weaker to the point were it was unlikely to bounce back. This was a branch that I was 50/50 on keeping anyway design wise and combined with Shore Pines trait of dropping lower branches, was unlikely to have stayed the course long term.

Before branch removal
After removal the little trunk to the left comes into its own more.
Another angle

A long way to go in development but a few years in I’m happy with the result so far. I’m planning a better option for watering next year.

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