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Wilow looks sick...

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by alternative, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. alternative

    alternative LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 468

    I just planted a willow in my backyard. Day 1 the leaves were green, (lime greenish) Day 2 they started turning a bit yellow, and now there are a few that seem to be dying.
    We just got tons of rain and wondering if the cause is because too much water? What s the deal?
  2. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,463

    i bet to much water! ive lost several trees this year because of rain.
  3. BeautifulBlooms

    BeautifulBlooms LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 613

    There is no such thing for too much water for a willow. It might just be transplant shock. They will push out new buds next year I guarantee it. Unless there was some sort of herbicide issue, but eeven then it might survive.

    The excess water will not kill the willow, but it might take a little extra time to pull out of its stress.
  4. EgansCountryGardens

    EgansCountryGardens LawnSite Member
    Male, from Plymouth, MA
    Messages: 165

    Probably not enough water. You'll think I'm crazy, but Willows need a TON of water when they first go in.
  5. tthomass

    tthomass LawnSite Gold Member
    from N. VA
    Messages: 3,498

    Do this:

    A) Get a Gator bag to water the tree.
    B) Set a hose on the slowest trickle you can and set it against the base and let it run for say 2 hrs......slow + time = deep watering.

    *C) Get a root stimulator.........fertilizer, lots of phosphorus

    Don't worry about the yellowing, its not uncommon. This spring it will bud and leaf out nice an full......probably more then it is now too.

    Meantime........do A or B + C and you'll be good. Miracle Grow has stuff (liquid) at Lowe's/Home Depot that you can use for tranplants.

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