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Even my compost mountain grows its own worms. Spontaneous generation?
It never gets turned, I don't have the back/arm strength, but I try to mix as I build. It will take longer than a good heap but it gets there.
If that was a nice garden there are likely to be bulbs coming up in the spring. I'd just tidy up a bit, take the roses back as artjak suggested, prune any deciduous bushes that look as though they need it, hang up some bird feeders and wait and see.
I tried to watch later on iplayer but my not very broad band couldn't cope
It should be OK if you can keep it stable. The something for the root tips is mycorrhizal powder. I've never used it but might be worth a try. If I'd known about it when I was planting my trees I would have used it.
I was given an unwanted dolls pram. Filling it with soil wasn't what I was expected to do. my parents should have foreseen that, earth-moving was big for the kids in our area at the time. Enormous holes for dens. Joining two together underground was vetoed by all parents. I can't think why
It may be a Kilmarnock willow, a form of Salix caprea, rather than one of those big weeping willows you see by rivers. Have a look at some photos on the link and see if you recognise it.
How much root has it got left?
You'll need to stake it well so it doesn't go again in the next gale
What is the damage alan, has it been blown out of the soil and broken a lot of roots?
Can you get your car round there? We've done it by digging out what we can, tying a rope on to what's left of the privet, the higher the better. Then I pull with the car while OH levers or bashes with a mattock.
I'd plant now. Or any time through the winter when it feels nice out there. Not frozen or waterlogged but otherwise go for it. They'll be better in the soil than pots with a few exceptions and grow in warm spells through to spring