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Twisted Willow

Posted by Bryan Walton , Mar 31,2007,11:43       Forum

Hi there. We have a mature twisted willow tree that seems to be dying away in places over the last few years, but still has new growth which we just put down to nature. Last week we were cutting back some stuff that had grown in the area around the tree and noticed that a trench had developed around approx one third of the tree trunk about six to ten inches away. This alarmed us as it appeared that the tree was moving as you could tell from the trench and we had fears that as the tree is quite tall it would sway enough to pull itself out of the ground. Today I have had the hose running in the trench for over 3 hours and it is taking it all without overflowing at all. The ground seems very dry as if the stuff growing around it had been sheilding it from getting enough water. The tree is not in a very damp area and has a wall about three feet from it trunk. The last thing we want to do is take it down and would appreciate and advice regarding maybe getting it very heavily pruned so that it doesn't need as much water and also to reduce it's height. IS there a best time to prune it ans would now be damagibg to the tree? Many, many thanks. Bryan Walton

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