Planting A Weeping Willow
Considered one of the fastest growing trees you can own, and grows up to 10 feet in as little as 12 months. This
tree has its roots in China, but is very popular in the U.S. as well as Canada. Weeping willow trees provide shade
coverage, as well as privacy fencing for your home. It has long beautiful shimmering foliage, and is an early
spring bloomer. It is a great addition to any garden. Therefore, if you want to plant the weeping willow tree,
there are some steps needed to assure successful growth of this tree.
Think about where you are going to plant the weeping willow tree. This is important because the tree root tends
to extend a long distance. Avoid planting near sewer lines, septic tanks as well as in close proximity to
foundations, this stops the root system from penetrating into those areas, and cause extensive damage. Plant the
tree in full sun or in partial shade. It would not thrive in full shade.
Plant your willow tree as soon as you bring it home. If you are not ready to plant it right away, check the root
to see if it is dry, and water it if it is dry, and keep it in a cool dark location such as your basement until you
are ready to plant the tree.
Plant the weeping willow tree in loosen soil, and with soil amendment to improve the quality of the soil,
especially if your soil is clay. Dig a hole that is two times the size of the whole width and depth of your new
plant root system. This allows the root system the room it needs to grow. Additionally, it is important when you
refill the hole with the soil that you cover the roots with the soil completely, but leaving the stem above the
ground. This keeps air pockets from building underground. Air pockets tend to dry the root system out quickly.
Therefore, test the condition of the root, by scratching off a small piece of the bark, and look at the tissue
under the bark. If it is not green or white, then the tree is dead.
Water the plant when the soil is dry. Especially during the summertime when the weather tends to have period of
dry spells. Signs that your plant is either over watered or under watered are drooping leaves.
Your weeping willow tree needs fertilizing; therefore, add organic fertilizer, which contains high levels of
nitrogen. Add the fertilizer to the soil, and not on the tree. Pull weeds during the first year from the weeping
willow tree, and avoid using any weed killing products.