Unlimited Yamadori Collecting Bonsai Material from Gardens

How to find an endless supply of yamadori/urbandori bonsai material in gardens, for free. In this video I pot up one of many Ligustrum that I recently dug from a garden hedge in the city. I treat a disease that is fairly common in UK gardens. Finally, I show you how to source free yamadori/urbandori material from gardens in the city.

I’m going to be talking about urban dory which is similar to Yama Dori but it’s bonsai material that’s collected from people’s gardens I’m going to talk a bit about a common disease that I’ve recently encountered and and I’m going to tell you about the trick that I use to get an almost unlimited supply of free bonsai material what sounding bonsai friends is down here and I’ve got a lot to cover today I’m gonna tell you all about the process that I’ve recently been using to get lots of leads for bonsai material from people’s gardens and how I’ve ended up with a queue of people waiting for me to come and take away their hedges or their shrubs and use it to fuel my bonsai addiction so stay tuned till the end I’ll give you all the details of have done it let’s go and get started I’ve got a privet that means to be potted up I’ve got loads actually I dug up a whole hedge and I really need to get them into pots alright let’s dive in okay so this is the prevent that I’m going to be putting up today the first task is going to be to reveal the root ball I’ll bare root the tree and that will come in and have a look at the root system and we’ll go from there all right so I’ve got rid of all that mud and as you can see we’ve got a nice big thick tack root down here so I think the next job is going to be to cut that out to some of these nice fine feeder roots that we’ve got we’re going to come in and cut away these thicker roots they’re going to get in the way of the saw I know that they’re not needed so looking at the position of these feeder routes I think I will be able to get the saw in at about this level that’s going to give me plenty of room to work with but reduce the height of the root ball down to a depth that would be suitable for bone sight training pot let’s do that then I’m gonna use this thick root as a as a gauge for where I want to be cutting there’s plenty of fine feeder roots above that that’s gonna be perfect right now I can actually feed my sauce through a gap here missing a lot of those fine roots [Music] okay so that’s the taproot separated so now that I’ve done that I just want to talk to you about a disease that I came across when I collected this privet hedge if anybody has seen my posts over on Instagram you probably know that I had a bit of a saga with it my first spotted after potting several trees and I posted my findings about the disease and that it’s fatal at the time and then Ramon who used to work with Graham Potter sent me a message telling me that actually if you remove the fungus if you remove the fungal material and put it up keep it on the dry side and it has a lot of success with doing that so that’s exactly what I’m going to do today so let’s come in close and I’ll show you the signs and the symptoms so that if you come across the same you’ll know what you’ve got and how others have dealt with it and had success all right so I just thought I should quickly mention hopefully it goes without saying but if you encounter material in your garden that’s infected with any kind of disease whether that be fungal or bacterial or anything else it’s up to you to make the call on how you handle that and hanging me forward and the precautions that you take obviously I can’t take any responsibility for any issues that you encounter either as a result of watching this video or implementing any of the advice that I’ve been given yourself hopefully that goes without saying but I just thought I’d mentioned to make sure in a bit I’m going to tell you how you can go about getting loads and loads of leads so that you can get lots of free bonzai material for your hobby but we’ll talk about that in a bit the symptoms to look out for are these the symptoms to look out for are these are these black root-like structures called rising offs they look like dead rotten roots but actually if you smell them they’ve got a very strong mushroomy aroma and another telltale sign is white powdery dry mycelium underneath the bark near ground level those that the honey fungus also produces honey colored totals in the autumn time but for our purposes that the most obvious signs of these black rising morphs they’re quite unmistakable so I’m just going to remove as much as I possibly can of these black rising morphs I’ve got some fishing forceps that are really helpful in getting up close and personal hopefully not dislodging roots while I go yeah it’s just an abortion I think not sure whether to risk disturbing the ones that I’ve already potted probably a case of damned if I do and damned if I don’t but I’ll have a think about that that’s the taproot cleaned up I’ve remove cut back some of the structural real there’s a just spotted a broken one here let’s just we cut that cut back the structural roots that needed to be cut back remove the taproot I’ll get this one potted up and then I’ll tell you about how I’ve gone about getting so many leads for people wanting me to come and dig up their hedges rather than risk rather than risk jeopardizing this route over here by tying off to it and come up and over the trunk this side and I’m gonna use this thick structural piece to tie down this side I think we’ll have a bit of a wobble so it might be that I have to prop it up a bit just to stop that side-to-side movement okay so I’m not gonna bother too much about the angle and and whatnot just need to get this means some soil so it can start recovering from the collection process so I’m gonna get it into this container I plant it a show as I can with as little soil as I can get it nice and rock solid and stable and then we’ll do our best to help it recover here are the tie-down wires we’ve got one end quite short which is going to tie off to the load and structural route and then at the other end we’ve got a couple of long pieces to go up and over the trunk just a long piece through then the short piece that’s why one same again running piece on the short piece thin layer a substrate so the trees going to go in something like this I just want a small mound where the flat cut is I’m going to place the I’m going to try and place the flat saw cut onto that small mound of soil just so that we can go there any air pockets underneath that fit nice wiggle to settle it down like so now I’m just gonna align these wires to this structural route trying my best to make sure not to crush any of those fine feeder roots so we don’t to crush any of those I’ll just will roughly get those ways into position and the same with these longer wires then I’ve got some mountain biking a tubing just to act as a cushion again get that cut just very very loosely tied up for the time being at the moment because we’re only secured in two places opposite each other we’ve got this rocking motion and I’m just gonna secure a little piece of bamboo just down in a little divot in the trunk once these wires are tightened down that support is gonna stop any Rocking okay so let’s shorten these wires make them just a little bit easier to work with down this side so this inner tube looks terrible it’s only temporary I think this trunk could probably be removed it’s just to minimize any damage just in case I change my mind it’s not gonna be on there forever this end is also nice and snug directly now let’s just check for movement there we go let’s just trim down these wires that one out the way perfect so now it’s a case of backfilling with the substrate that I’m using which is molar clay in the large grain size it is quite a wet substrate I know a lot of people use I know about people use pumice more collective trees but that’s going to get very expensive very quickly if we’re talking about whole hedge and careful not to dislodge the props that I’ve got down here okay let’s this one put it up I’ll take it outside water it in and then I’ll tell you about how I go about getting leads for interesting bonsai material like this for free all right so here’s how I go about sourcing new leads for urban dori or garden collected material but hopefully you could also put into practice to gain more bonsai material for your hobby so if I had over onto Facebook I’ll do a search for any groups that are involved in any kind of exchange or waste reduction or even the buy and sell groups and so once I found one or two groups that look likely I’ll put a little ad explaining that I would like to come and dig up any unwanted shrubs or small trees or hedges and I’ll also put a little bit about wanting to use that material for so that they’ve got an idea that I’m not just some weirdo who likes digging stuff up and also I like to give a little bit of reassurance that I’m not in any way in it to make a fast buck out of stuff that they could sell themselves if you see what I mean and just to tug on the heartstrings I make the very valid point that if they’re thinking of ripping out a hedge or getting rid of some unwanted shrubs they might as well let me come in and take it away for them because rather than it going to waste being killed or composted or put into landfill or what-have-you or burned or whatever but I’ll actually come in and I’ll I’ll revive that the plant material and actually put it to another good use I think that I just think it’s reassuring for people to know that these living organisms these plants get a chance to live on and become useful than enjoyed by someone else rather than just being chucked on the bonfire in terms of the types of groups that I’ve had success with I’ve actually got one locally that is very nicely aligned with one trying to achieve obviously I’m not going to tell you the exact group because I’ve got to keep one or two things under my hat but the group is involved with reducing waste so there’s a lot of people looking to exchange unwanted things or give away stuff that will be reused instead of being sent to landfill and that lines really nicely with my agenda if you like in the sense that I’m trying to reduce the amount of plants that just get wined in the rubbish heap so on the on the group that I’ve been using I’ve now placed two wanted ads and out of those two ads I’ve got numerous leads quite a lot were plants that like don’t quite a lot of the leads were plants and hedges that I wouldn’t be able to put to good use for instance they were one of two lay Landy hedges that I wouldn’t be confident to dig up and get them to survive and also another one was a cherry laurel which has huge leathery leaves which doesn’t appeal to me so I had to pass on those you can’t be a little bit picky you don’t have to dig up every hedge that you get off it another tip is to ask them to send you a picture because you’ve got a lot of people who like the idea of you digging up the hedge but I noticed that only a certain percentage of people that say oh yes please can you come and dig this up will actually follow through by asking for a pitch and you get that commitment and you can see that they’re serious about you digging up the plants and it just means that you waste a lot less time chasing up people who are never actually going to complete so in terms of the ethics of collecting I’m not an expert collector I’m not going to go into any detail about how to do a successful dig I’m not going to tell you about the aftercare there are other resources to looking into what I would say is bear in mind that you’re digging up someone’s garden so make sure you have a look at the hedge or the shrubs or whatever before you start make sure that you have the capability to extract it and leave the garden in an acceptable state afterwards but also to get rid of any waste materials for instance if you’re digging up a hedge you’d be surprised even if it’s a small hedge you’d be surprised how much waste you have to cut off just to get the trees out of the ground obviously it’s not very fair to cut all that stuff off and leave a great big heap in someone’s garden so make sure that you can get rid of the rubbish or agree with the owner before you start hacking it to pieces and do your best to clean up afterwards obviously I don’t think anyone’s expecting you to dig your new bed and plant it up with fresh new flowers or whatever but try to leave it in a clean State so that people will be happy with what you’ve done and you just get more leads I think in the future that way

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