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Author:  DeadBox [ 20 Mar 2010, 23:29 ]
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Steve wrote:
You pretty much covered it Don. I'll just add congratulations on the forming bonsai addiction. While there is no known cure you wouldn't really want one anyway.

I think the other half is already getting worried haha

Author:  Steve [ 20 Mar 2010, 23:42 ]
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She should be. Once you're properly obsessed nothing is safe. The landscaping shrubbery as far as you can see becomes coveted and you won't be able to drive by a nursery or stand of trees without swerving.

Author:  DeadBox [ 20 Mar 2010, 23:48 ]
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Oh dear! see i was in The Range earlier, and I saw a lonely looking bonsai that looked like it was potted in clay, I was contemplating rescuing it when I got a stare from the good lady (so I put it back down. I have barely started looking after my first, and I'm already planning more.

Author:  Crazeegang [ 21 Mar 2010, 01:09 ]
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::lol: Yeah your hooked already!

Author:  DeadBox [ 21 Mar 2010, 01:14 ]
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Crazeegang wrote:
::lol: Yeah your hooked already!

Thought as much

Another couple of questions, might as well keep them to one thread

Is there a directory/thread on here for specialist nurseries? was wondering if there was anywhere local
What sorts of tools will be needed? I used a chop-stick and some scissors earlier

Author:  Steve [ 21 Mar 2010, 02:11 ]
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Take a look into one of our sponsors at the top of the page they're reputable and won't steer you wrong. I'd start with at least a concave cutter a good pair of shears and wire. As your hobby grows so will your tool/odds and ends stash. Many tools can be made to get you gy until the real thing comes along.

Author:  Jerry Norbury [ 21 Mar 2010, 12:40 ]
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What Steve said.

The Greenwood guys give a lot of time here and deserve our patronage.

You can get a long way with a good pair of shears...

Author:  DeadBox [ 21 Mar 2010, 13:08 ]
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This might sound silly, but, what would you class as a good pair of shears? there seems to be loads available

would normal garden hand shears be fine? The mrs has got a real good pair hehe

edit - it's a shame, looking at the greenwood site I used to pass there every month or so whilst travelling to paintball tournaments at Licoln.

Author:  John M [ 21 Mar 2010, 14:10 ]
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Shears for what, DB? For cutting back a garden hedge, good sharp shears are fine, but for bonsai you need the proper tool for the job - have a look at the 'tools' sections in Greenwood and B/UK above, to find long-handled bonsai shears or, properly, scissors - you can get a good pair of black Chinese for (sort of) £10-20, which will do the job well, or pay more if you want the Japanese ones, but most people start off cheaper and work up. Just remember always to wipe them and keep the hinge lightly oiled - it pays to keep them sharp too!


Author:  DeadBox [ 21 Mar 2010, 17:40 ]
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Really, I'm just thinking ahead. Would rather be prepared than come to needing something and not having anything suitable. Maybe it's just me getting all excited :D , I just really don't like doing things by halves lol.

Oh, and the way its going I think it might be more than one tree by the end of the week. Looking at certain articles on here, I didn't realise you could do so much and wanna have a go at things.....having to leave the one tree alone for a few weeks while it settles in is making me want something else to play with :oops:

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