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Growing Together, Issue # 80
September 27, 2013

Golden Weeping Willow

Welcome to the September landscape solutions, Growing Together Newsletter. As each newsletter always start, I want to welcome our newest members, as well as all of you returning. It is hard to believe it is just about fall time here in the Northern Hemisphere. All of you in the southern hemisphere are about to experience the beauty of spring and the radiant sunshine.

This month I wanted to share some insights on a gorgeous cascading tree, the Golden Weeping Willow.

golden weeping willow

The golden weeping willow is one of the most magnificent displays of flowing branches. This specimen will grow in zones 3-9 here in the United States. For those of you that own a weeping willow, you know the feeling when you look outside and see the branches and leaves dancing with the wind. One of the keys to successfully growing the weeping willow is this tree loves moist to wet soil. A couple of great options is to plant the tree by a decorative pond, lake, or other water feature. The weeping willow will also do well in drier soil conditions. One word of caution, the root system is very big and long. The tree needs to be planted in enough space between the tree and any pipes or structures.

It can take sun or shade. When the Golden is mature it can reach 80 feet in height. During the growth years, you can fertilize the tree every couple of years. As with any tree, make sure you don't put mulch up the trunk. Also, when first planted, use the method of slow drizzle from a hose. Take the hose and put it on the ground next to the tree. Water the section for about 10 minutes, and move the hose around. You should do this until the entire base is watered. Once the tree is established, nature should take care of its watering needs. If you are in a dry spell, make sure the root system stays moist.

The trunk is brown, yet hard to see once the tree gets established. The deciduous leaves are pointy and colors are yellow and green. I remember two weeping willow in our backyard as a child. As mentioned above, the branches and slender leaves sway with the breeze. This is one thing that stands out in my mind so many years ago. Both of the trees have been cut down, due to their size. A few issues to watch out for with the weeping willow. Aphids, and powdery mildew are two of the most common aliments with this tree. The best solution if you aren't sure, contact or visit a local nursery. It is always good practice to use natural remedies if possible. The golden weeping willow is a great addition and investment to any larger landscape area. If you have the space, and your climate is right, I recommend the weeping willow to show case your property.

Tip For The Month

This is my yearly reminder of getting your gardens and landscapes ready for the cooler or hotter months that lie ahead. Plan now as you take a look at both your outside and inside plants and space. Do your indoor plants need fresh potting soil before you bring them in or put them outside? In the fall is the best time to prune your shrubs and trees. Fresh mulch, pine straw, or decorative stones touch up your areas. For those of you going into the colder months, pace yourself with raking leaves. If you don't use a blower or bag on your mower, a tarp works great for collecting the leaves.

One of the most satisfying aspects of this time of year, is for many of you the first blossoms are appearing. For other the fall foliage is beginning to burst out all over. Take the time to enjoy this season.

Thought For The Month

I think each new adventure we accomplish in life takes time. One of the sayings I would like to share with you this month.

Behind every success is effort...
Behind every effort is passion...
Behind every passion is someone with the courage to try.

I hope you have a great October, and thank you all for being with me this month. I look forward to the end of next month and sharing other garden and landscape insights.

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