Weeping Willow – No Leaves

Q: I planted a weeping willow tree twelve years ago. It has no leaves this year. The branches are still flexible but I really don’t want to lose the tree.

A: If there are no leaves, I’m sad to say it is dead. In my experience, weeping willows in Atlanta look great for several years but eventually die due to insect and disease problems that affect willows in the South. If you really like how the tree looks there’s no reason you can’t plant another one. Thoroughly loosen the soil ten inches deep in a circle ten feet in diameter. Plant the tree in the center and spread mulch over the whole area. Water as needed. The loose, cool soil will help the tree thrive for as long as it’s able.

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