I am approaching my first Juniperus Chinensis and I would really appreciate it if you could kindly share your experience with this species with regard to the right timing for intervening on the tree.
My recently bought tree is 30 yrs old (20 inches) and bushy, it grew freely in the nursery after the main structure has been set. I would like to thin the tree taking away approx. 1/3 of the foliage on each branch in order to prepare it for wiring. I read on the forum that Junipers get strength from their foliage (“do not pinch your junipers!”) the same way Sampson got strength from his hair so I would like to take the foliage off without harming/stressing the tree.
Which is the best time of the year (in a climate similar to that of L.A.) for the following operations?
Thinning: cutting branches growing from the trunk, upward/downward up to 1/3 of the foliage mass - How far can you get with thinning/pruning the tree?
Wiring: in order to create pads
It would be great if you could help me to skim the overwhelming amount of information on the net with a maintenance calendar focused on Junipers physiology: does a Juniper’s life cycle coincides with conifers or is it slightly different?
Many thanks for your help!