Survival of Willows & Transplanting

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by Critical Care, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. Critical Care

    Critical Care LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Several days back I dug out a couple decent sized corkscrew willows that were too close to a building. Both were about 15’ tall, but instead of dumping these things I choose to transplant them upon my own property. I know willows are well known for their ability to root, and I’ve cut branches off of willows in the past and have rooted them into trees, but how well do established willows do of this size? I tried to save as many of the filamentous roots as possible, but had to cut through the larger feeder roots.

    I’ve given the trees a dose of phosphorus and a balanced fertilizer, as well as plenty of water, however the leaves are becoming brittle – which I expected to happen. I’m a bit pessimistic, but still curious if anyone has had success with transplanting willows of this size with less than perfect root balls…
     

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