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How thick is the bark on the bulge above the nebari? I'm asking because if it can't be drilled off to improve the trunk line, the only other option I see is air-layering on that spot. IS there any other way?
Air layering an oak is possible, but very difficult. The result usually will be a lousy nebari. There is a way to improve it: let grow freely very long and cut back drastically at the end of season. After five years it should look fine. If I do it the danger would be that I don't sell it anymore afterwards.
Yes, but five years is too long to wait. One should find a better starting material in the first place. That is... according to you, right? What made you even consider such a "suboptimal" specimen?
This was part of a trade. And it is not as bad as you say. For the species it is one of the best around. But anyway, I part with it and plenty of folks will be interested.
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