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Removing a Willow Tree

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A tenacious, deciduous tree that thrives when lots of moisture is available. This guide is about removing a willow tree.


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March 16, 2018

I have a huge willow tree that unfortunately we will be removing. Will the roots still grow? Or by leaving just a stump will that stop the growth of all the roots?


March 17, 20180 found this helpful

Since the tree is large, you cannot remove it yourself. The company that does it must remove the stump and cut all the roots. Here is an article that explains the procedure:

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March 17, 20180 found this helpful

It is best to remove the stump completely so the tree will not regrow.

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March 18, 20180 found this helpful

a willow stump will most definitely grow back again in the fullness of time. Options include stump removal, digging around the stump, and herbicide.

More info found here

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March 20, 20180 found this helpful

Pls do not use herbicides. Most herbicides are responsible for bee colony collapse.


We need bees as pollinators and they are dying off because of herbicide use

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March 25, 20180 found this helpful

So many have said that the tree will keep growing after it's cut down. I have a different experience. I had a beautiful willow tree that got severely damaged during an ice storm in 1996. it had to be cut down. The stump is still there just as it was the day it was cut down. Nothing has ever grown back and I put a planter of trailing flowers on it every year.

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March 25, 20180 found this helpful

Hello !
That is right not every willow will grow again after being cut because there are different types of willows and trees are just like humans. An old and big willow will not recover and will not grow again as rapidly as a young one. Willows do not live long anyway. The white willow: Salix viminalis lives only 30 years and Salix caprea only 50 years which is a quite short life for a tree.


If you buy a house with a 30 years old willow in the garden you don't have to worry about the damage the willow can do to water pipes because at this age it has already reached its full growth and will not do more damage than it has already done. New shoots from a cut down willow start from the bark or the roots but not from deeper in the stump than only the bark thickness and if the willow is very old and its bark is very thick and very hard, it will not be possible for the new shoots to appear on the stump. That is why one way to avoid the regrowth of a willow from a stump is to chop off the bark. An old tree also creates a microclimate with, for example, the shadow the branches makes around the foot of the tree, and when suddenly the foot and the superficial roots are back in full sun because the willow was cut down it can dry out the soil and stop the tree producing new shoots, especially a willow which depends so much on water supply in its early years.

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October 6, 2008

On the right side of our house, 10 feet apart from the house foundation, there is a willow tree, its height is just above the house's roof (two stories). It has been about 7 years old since it was planned by the previous owner.


I am told that if a willow tree is too close to the house, it will cause problems. If it is 10 feet away could it be a problem? I have decided to remove it, any ideas for what would be the best way to get rid of this tree? Thank you for any info.

Charles from NJ


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October 6, 20080 found this helpful

Ten feet away from your house is not far enough. The willow tree roots spread fast and far. These roots can also damage your leach bed lines if you have a septic tank system.

When my husband cut our willow trees down (too old and messy) to ground level; he then axed into the trunk base and put limbs and twigs into it and burned it away throughout the summer.

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