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The willow is about 2 years old and has started to bud. Is it too late to move it?
The issue with transplanting willows is their roots are rather extensive. The older and bigger the tree, the more extensive the root system is. So, if you are going to move it, the sooner the better. Pick and day when it is not too hot, spring is the best time. Don't let the roots dry out--dig your new hole before digging it up. Because the roots are extensive, you want it as far as possible (at least 30 feet or so) from any foundations, walls, or water/sewer pipes.
I bought a bundle of willow branches online and placed them as instructed. They started budding/growing leaves, more and more each day. A few months later I went out back and planted them. A week later I went out and there were leaves/branches sprouting everywhere.
It was out back for maybe 6 months, and is about a year old now. Recently my dad asked me to move it to the front, so I did. As expected, it went into shock. The leaves whithered and eventually fell off and the branches dried out.
Some of the branches are sprouting new leaves, closer to the trunk of the tree; but there are so many more branches that are dry and brittle. Do I prune the dead branches/twigs, or will the tree eventually catch up and look beautiful again?
By Donna R
Can I transplant a weeping willow? And if yes, how do I do this?
Can l move my willow tree from the ground to another place, as it has no room to spread?
By Babs from Catford, London