How To Care for a Weeping Willow Tree

A full grown weeping willow tree is a sight to behold.  If you have a big garden or backyard, this elegant tree will surely add drama to the landscape. In its first year, they grow to a height of 8-10 feet.  Fully grown, the shade that it gives is a wonderful respite from the harsh rays of the sun.

Normally, you can find weeping willows beside lakes, rivers and other natural water sources.  But this ornamental tree from China can grow in most places with the right care. Weeping willows require little maintenance after the first two years. 


When you first get the tree, don’t be alarmed if it looks dead, the tree is simply dormant.  This is the best stage to plant it on the ground.  It is highly recommended to plant a willow tree six weeks before the frost comes in.  This allows the young tree to get used to its new environment.

  1. Choose an area in your yard with healthy and loose soil.  The location should receive ample sunlight and the roots should have enough growing space.  Avoid planting it near a wall or the driveway.
  2. Using a spade, dig a hole for the root ball.  The hole should be two times larger than the root ball in both width and depth.
  3. Place the root ball in the hole and pack in enough soil to cover the root completely.  Make sure there are no spaces where pockets of air can come in and dry the roots.  The stem should be above the ground.
  4. Soak the soil with water.

Care and Maintenance

  1. During dry months, make sure to water the tree regularly.  This will keep it healthy for the first two years of the willow’s life.  If the weeping willow tree does not receive the right amount of water or gets too much water, the leaves will have a tendency to droop.  Leaves should look crisp.  Trees planted near a pond or creek do not require as much watering.
  2. Generally, willow trees do not need to be fertilized often.  If you see the need to, use nitrogen rich organic fertilizer like Miracle-Gro.  Place this on the soil surrounding the tree.  Do not spray the leaves and branches with fertilizer.
  3. Trim any weeds or grass growing around the weeping willow while the tree is still young.  This ensures that the tree does not compete with the weeds and grass for nutrients in the soil.
  4. To keep the tree healthy and beautiful, regularly prune the weeping willow.  Trimming the tree every season will promote new growth of leaves.  If you use the tree as a shade, trim the bottom branches.
  5. During the autumn season, the weeping willow becomes dormant.  Expect the leaves of the willow to fall off and the trunk to turn brown.  It’s time for the tree to take a nap.  The tree will look dead but actually, below ground, the roots are growing.  Once spring is around the corner, expect the weeping willow to grow and flourish once again.

Weeping willow trees are striking ornamental trees originally from the Far East.  It is a wonderful shade tree that grows with minimal care and maintenance.  Weeping willows have can live for up to 30 years or more and grow as high as 70 feet.  With proper care, you and your loved ones will surely be rewarded by the beauty of this elegant tree.


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