Willow Trees Are Not Easy To Pollard!
The first thing to do when you have a large or even medium size weeping willow tree is to remove all the branches. You need to make sure there are no dangerous branches hanging over your head. If you don’t take care of it, the tree may fall down and crush you if something goes wrong with its growth.
If you want to keep the branchless branches, then just leave them alone. You can easily cut off any unwanted ones later.
In case you have a small weeping willow tree, then you can either leave some of the branches intact or trim them down to their bare minimum. This way they won’t interfere with your work in any way.
You can always add new branches later if you wish. However, if you decide to prune your tree, then you must remember not to damage the trunk too much. You can use a sharp knife or even a chain saw.
When you’re done cutting the branches off, it’s time to start pruning them into shape. First of all, try to keep them straight and level so that they don’t get twisted up during the process of pruning. Also, don’t forget that the tree’s branches bend towards the sun, so you will need to prune some of them more than others.
In addition to that, you should keep in mind that you will have to trim back the branches from time to time. This is necessary if you want to keep your tree from outgrowing its space too quickly.
Pruning Your Tree On A Regular Basis Is Vital!
If you want to keep your tree in good shape, then you will need to perform regular maintenance on it. The frequency of the pruning will depend on your goals. For example, if you want to keep the size of your tree small, then you should trim it every year after the growing season is over. You don’t have to cut it down to the bare wood, just remove some of the unnecessary branches so that it won’t overgrow its shape.
On the other hand, if you want to have a large weeping willow tree, then you should probably wait until it outgrows its space and then cut it back hard. It’s better to do this every three years or so because the tree will regenerate much faster.
As you can see, pruning your weeping willow isn’t that difficult as long as you know how to do it. It’s also important to do it regularly so that your tree will grow into the desired shape and size.
See more: How To Prune A Weeping Willow Tree
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Sources & references used in this article:
The effect of pruning on willow growth and sawfly population densities by J Hjältén, PW Price – Oikos, 1996 – JSTOR
Willow response to pruning: the effect on plant growth, survival and susceptibility to leaf gallers by J HjÄltÉn – Ecoscience, 1999 – Taylor & Francis
Evaluation of chemical and biological treatments for control of Chondrostereum purpureum infection of pruning wounds in willows, apples, and peaches by AG Spiers, DT Brewster – New Zealand Journal of Crop and …, 1997 – Taylor & Francis
Farmer experience with tree fodder by JFL Charlton, GB Douglas, BJ Wills… – Using trees on farms …, 2003 – grassland.org.nz