Pruning is done to accentuate the scale of a natural scene. Plants in the background can be taller, thicker and melt together
as a forest. Plants in the middle ground need pruning to show some details. Plants in the foreground are more likely to
be focal point plants and need to be pruned to show greater detail.
A pruning schedule is created for each plant in the garden depending on its growth rate, style and health.
Some plants may need to be replaced or added as accents.
Trees that are sick, damaged or overgrown may be candidates for replacement.
Because they need constant attention to keep them healthy and looking great while staying in scale, Japanese gardens tend
to have high maintenance requirements.
Trees in Japanese gardens are not bonsai trees, although they may be trained in the same styles. Bonsais are trees in
pots and have special needs as far as watering, feeding, pruning and repotting. I am a member of the East Bay Bonsai Society
and have had many years of experience and training in the care of bonsais.