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20/10/2013 at 12:07

What would you do with this killmarnock willow? It's very pretty but so leggy. Should I trim it? How much? It's bending over so far all round I have to keep raising it up! And it has little pussy willows forming already...


20/10/2013 at 13:08

Hjya sarahsgarden

This is something I have to do for a friend soon.  Hers too is leaning and very congested.

What I propose to do is wait until the catkins have gone over in spring.  Fun and games, but I will get under the tree and cut out some of the oldest branches back to the main stem. There will be quite a lot.  Then I will look to prune back the remaining branches to downward facing buds. I want to try and recreate a "skirt" of light branches.   Then I will try to stake it....probably with a couple of stout stakes.  Really, if mine, I would have already pruned it every spring.  

It's not the easiest thing to stake an already leaning tree....??ou will need another's help.

20/10/2013 at 13:40

Pruning after the Catkins have finished is exaclty the right time to do it.

20/10/2013 at 13:50

thanks to you both, I'll wait & prune in the spring. Wish I'd known that 2 years ago when it started to wobble!

20/10/2013 at 17:06

Ours fell over completely in a gale a few years back. Stood it up, eventually, pruned it like Verdun says and it fell over again. Every winter for a few years it fell over. Now it looks as good as ever with a stake bigger than it. Wonder if it will stay up this winter.

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