This is a Juniperus sinensis which I bought yesterday from an ordinary nursery. Healthy, vigorous growth. The soils is not that bad BUT it's completely occupied by small roots, at least on the surface part of the mass. There are three trunks coming out but I need only one of them for my project. This is the tree after some reduction of branches lengthwise and removing some of the surface soil. This is covered with flower buds ALL over! I believe I have to remove them. This is the one which I want to keep. Its circumference is 21cm at its wider (as much as I have revealed) Circumference of the three trunks together is 42 cm again as much as revealed. What to keep (if any...) or what to remove from the unwanted trunks is a puzzle, too. But I think I can leave the styling for the next phase because first thing I would like to do is give the tree some space and good substrate. You can see how terrible it looks... Don't know how to proceed, though. 1) Remove some of these surface roots in order to check what is beneath? I mean if there are any nice fat roots... In my climate/country I know I can do this now. Mild hot weather is continuing well until end of month (even into November...) 2) Cut off a piece from the bottom and dig into the rootball in order to spot the tap root and reduce it? 3) Some obviously out of the design branches have also to be removed. Can I do it at the same time? Thank you so much in advance!