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Willow problem

Post by thriftycrafter on Sun 23 Aug 2009 - 19:38

:flower: OK you experts what do I do?
I have a willow, not weeping, at the bottom of the garden which has always been on the H as they say round here, we've had it propped up with a stick for a few years so that it doesn't tilt any further (and hit the shed).
It's about 20 +' long/high, if I cut it back will side shoots appear at the trunk or will I kill it? I really don't want to dig it up, but don't want to lose it, I'd just like it to grow straight up not at a 35 degree angle.
The lower trunk with no leaves on is about 15' long and doesn't quite fit in my grash finger to thumb so 9" round.
help please :flower:

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Re: Willow problem

Post by kimb on Mon 24 Aug 2009 - 9:32

from the description i cant figure out what you mean karelyn so a piccie may help " the experts " one of which i definitely am not .. lol! so cant help at all

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Re: Willow problem

Post by Di Masters on Mon 24 Aug 2009 - 9:53

Only thing I have seen done to Willows is where they chop them right down to make the new stems grow, new growths called Withies and they cut and use them to weave baskets etc. Used to be done a lot around the Somerset levels near where we lived. Don't know about a tree like you have though.
Have you tried google for advice?

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Post by thriftycrafter on Mon 24 Aug 2009 - 10:41

Will take a pic so you can see what I mean, ta.

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Re: Willow problem

Post by Guest on Mon 24 Aug 2009 - 11:20

No expert but I thought it was pretty hard to knock off a willow

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Post by Guest on Mon 24 Aug 2009 - 13:01

Mia is the one for this as they had a simply gigantic willow at Cazaux and dealt with it very well - she will be on tomorrow I would think.

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