My folks visited from Wisconsin last month, and as they seemed curious about the goings on in the backyard I put them to work. They accomplished quite a bit, and I’m thinking of retaining them indefinitely. Dad did a lot of wire removal, and a stupendous amount of weeding which he rather enjoyed—to my surprise. Mom helped with cleaning up some accent plants and making cuttings. She even did some preliminary mossing on a couple plants that went into the Pacific Rim show.
For those of you who wish to employ parents in the bonsai yard, it’s best to train them when they’re young. So I started this year.