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| So you just got your first bonsai,
and you're wondering what tools you need. The answer is "probably
none". If you have just been introduced to this wonderful hobby, your
first priority is learning to keep you bonsai alive & healthy. After
a few weeks or months (depending on the type of tree) your bonsai
may need some trimming. That's the time to start considering the need
for tools, and which ones you may need. The most basic tool is a scissor.
There are a number of types, and it's important to know which type
is best for your needs.
There are trimming shears which
have large loops that your whole hand will fit into. The blades
are generally short and thick. They are designed for coarse cutting
of foliage and thin to medium branches. Another type is the bud
scissor which has small loops that are for one finger.
They are longer and have long, narrow blades. They are designed
for fine cutting of foliage. The long narrow blades allow you to
get into places where trimming shear will not fit. For trees with
a large number of leaves, there is the leaf cutter
which looks like a tweezer with small blades at the end. It is used
where you have to make dozens of little cuts. The design allows
you to do so with a minimum of fatigue.
Then, there is the concave branch cutter.
This is an amazing tool. The blades are designed in a way that will
actually scoop out a small amount of wood when removing a branch.
This makes a smooth cut that will overgrow with bark much more rapidly.
Knob cutters are made for removing stumps and bumps
from the tree trunk and thicker branches. It works similar to the
concave branch cutter.
Root hooks are a blessing when
re-potting a bonsai. They aid in the opening of the root ball. There
are one, two, and three finger types. For cutting larger branches,
there are bonsai saws, designed to make smooth
cuts with a minimum of damage to the bark. A bonsai turntable
will make working on medium to large bonsai much easier.
The list goes on and on and on. There are actually
tools designed for working on a specific type of Japanese Azalea.
The important thing is using the right tool for the job you're doing.
If you want to get an idea of what's available, take a look at the
tool pages of our product
catalog. If you have a question, you can direct it to Paul@bonsaiofbrooklyn.com
As always, we are here to help you in any way we can.
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#1-Things to do in
#3-Planning a trimming
Maples (And other trees with opposing Buds)
Elms (And other trees with alternating Buds)
(Such as Pine, Juniper and Cypress)
#8-Things to Remember
During the Winter Months
#9-Some Thoughts About
Tree Roots. Their Strengths & Weaknesses
The Foundation of a Bonsai
Under Artificial Light.
of Moss, How To Get It & Put It On a Bonsai.
About Bonsai of Brooklyn
Contact Us/ Ordering Info
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