Planting trees in your yard has many benefits. Not only will healthy trees add appeal and value to your home, but the right trees can offer shade that helps conserve energy. Knowing which trees to plant is helpful, since there are so many options available. The Weeping Willow tree offers a whimsical look that many people find appealing, but you may not know how to implement this tree into your landscape design. Here are a few simple tips to help plant and maintain your Weeping Willow tree.
First and foremost, you need to choose a location that works for this tall and wide tree. While surprising to learn, a Weeping Willow tree can grow between 35 and 50 feet tall AND wide. Because of its potential height and width, make sure the location is not too close to your home or other outdoor structures.
It is also important to note that the tree's roots grow aggressively, spreading out under the tree and through the ground in wide distances. Therefore, you should not plant your Weeping Willow near a driveway or patio, since the roots may damage these surfaces over time.
The location should contain moist soil that is well-drained. A location that receives full sun is also best for your tree.
After planting, surround the base of the tree with pine straw or mulch. Both are effective options for helping trap moisture into the tree. Water the tree thoroughly after planting and continue watering daily until the tree is established.
Weeping willow trees are resistant to periods of drought. However, protecting the look and health of their leaves will require watering during periods of dry weather.
Pruning the tree is important to establish its "weeping" shape that will last for many years to come, so you should start the trimming process early in the tree's life.
Use sharpened pruning shears to remove any dead or dying branches. Also, cut any branches and limbs that are growing up instead of out. Lastly, cut off any branches that are crowding others. This will improve air circulation through the tree, which reduces the risk of fungal diseases.
Pest control is also helpful for protecting the look and health of your tree. Gypsy moths, aphids, caterpillars, and borers are common pests that can infest your tree. Applying an organic pesticide to the tree in the early part of spring will prevent these pests from damaging your tree.
For fun and elegance in your landscape design, the Weeping Willow is a great tree to consider. This guide will help you plant and maintain your new tree with ease.