Posted: 29/06/2017 at 12:54
Hi folks (again - twice today!).
I purchased a Salix Kilmarnock a good year or two ago and it started to look very welcome in our garden.
Unfortunately a couple of weeks ago I noticed a bit of dry leaf curl with a bit of die'ing off on some leaves. I immediately set about drenching it with water (this was around the time of the very hot spell) which is something I tend to do with newly planted trees etc, but considered this well established. It's West facing and just next to my shed under/to the side of an apple tree (but gets full light for most of the day). Despite drenching the roots and tree every day, I think I can now safely say it's dead (all the leaves dried up and the stems/branches had that wrinkled look). The tree when pulled via it's trunks feels like the root system has shot.
Clearly too late for this to be saved (it's still in the garden) but I was wondering if there's any indication as to how it may have perished? The hot days (without rain) main culprit? A disease (nothing noticeable on the branches, leaves or trunk)? Position/type of soil? A shame as we both love Willows, especially the cascading branches full with leaves in the summer (part of me wants to replace like with like, but there's very chance the same thing will happen again (not many other places left in the garden to plant another one).
Any advice would be most welcome!