I have a Manzanita stump that is really nice, but the tips of the branches are cut off. This gives the stump an unnatural look.
How can I make the tips of the branches look more natural?
I only have a few ideas.
- break the tips off so that they will not appear to be trimmed or use a knife to trim the tip some
- have the moss, ferns, Anubias, etc. cover the tips. (This reminds me of a Poodle's hair cut. )
- plant the branches heavily and cover the tips
Here is what it looks like. You can see the trimmed tips of its branches.
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On square saw cuts I usually just whittle the ends to taper them some, followed by a little sandpaper. A lot of times when I gather manzanita I'll just snap off the pieces I don't want/need and it leaves a pretty natural look that only needs a little sanding to remove any excessively sharp jags.