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How to plant a spherical willow and care for it in the garden?

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After purchasing the site for the construction of their home, they decided to immediately start planting trees and trees. We studied a lot of options for beautiful and unpretentious ornamental trees, the choice fell on a spherical willow. Saplings were quickly found in the nursery; the planting process was not difficult. I want to share with you my experience of growing and caring for the spherical willow.

Globe-shaped willow is a cultivated variety of the plant, widely used for landscaping the backyard territory, in landscape design. It is found everywhere in many European countries, also common in Canada and the United States. In different varieties, the height of the plant can vary from 10 to 20 m. Spherical willow received great popularity due to its round shape, which responds well to shaping.

The lower branches and trunk remain bare, which gives the plant a unique appearance. In the spring, small fluffy inflorescences are formed, which are popularly called “seals”. In autumn, the leaves change color from green to red or yellow, which enhances the decorativeness of the tree.

In addition, the plant is an excellent melliferous plant, it can be planted next to apiaries and plantings of vegetable crops. Willow has a high frost resistance, is able to survive the frost down to -40 o C without loss of decorative qualities. Tree care is minimal, suitable even for inexperienced gardeners.

Popular varieties

Planting material globular willow can be purchased at any large nursery or agricultural store. The following varieties are suitable for cultivation in Russia:

  • Purple. The undersized variety of a willow, the grade received the name because of a bright-purple color of leaves and ear rings. When grown, the crown diameter is 2 m,
  • Whole leaf. It can be either a shrub or a tree, depending on the length of growth and maintenance. It has hanging branches, there is a pink-white shade on the tips of leaf blades,
  • Eared. Tall variety, height can reach 15 m. Young stems are painted in a beautiful brown shade, with the development of becoming gray,
  • Lighthouse. Hybrid variety, grown for weaving vine, the stem is very thin. The height can reach 3 m, the crown has a pronounced spherical shape,
  • Globular dwarf. Slow growing and undersized hybrid. The maximum tree height is 3 m, the stem can be split into several parts. The shoots are colored red-brown, the crown is represented by a rich green tint.

Almost all cultivated varieties of globular willow can be used for landscaping the area next to a pond, they are also suitable for border plantings, cultivation in many species tree-shrub groups.

Choosing a place

Globe-shaped willow is a sustainable and viable plant. Cuttings take root well in almost any soil, it is permissible to plant a tree in a place where it is impossible to grow other crops. Willow prefers well-moistened soil, feels comfortable next to the pond, close to the internal groundwater.

It is recommended to choose a place for willow to have a bright one, with a long daylight day and diffused sunlight. Immediately before planting, you need to carefully dig up the soil to a depth of 1-1.5 bayonet shovels, clean the area from stones and plant debris. When digging in the autumn, it is advisable to add organic matter, for example, mullein or humus at the rate of 7 kg / m 2.

Planting globular willow in open ground

The plant is most convenient to plant cuttings, which can be obtained independently or purchased in the nursery. They can be planted without prior preparation, but preferably immediately before planting soak the roots in a warm growth stimulator solution.

Landing can be carried out at almost any time, starting from the second half of April, ending the first week of September. Step-by-step work algorithm:

  1. Dig a hole in the prepared area to a depth of 40 cm and a width of 45-50 cm.
  2. One-third of the depth of the pits filled with a nutrient composition of dry peat, compost and fertile soil in equal proportions.
  3. Spread the roots on a sapling, clean them from the remnants of the earth. Process 1% solution of potassium permanganate, carefully deepen into the landing hole.
  4. Add soil in the hole, tamp the top layer. Liberally water the plant with warm water at the rate of 8-10 liters per plant.

If you plant a plant in the fall, the area around the circle should immediately be mulched with peat or sawdust up to 5 cm thick to avoid exposure to frost.

Peculiarities of care

Spherical willow is able to grow and develop quickly even without any care. To maintain decorativeness, as well as to avoid plant death from diseases, simple rules should be observed:

  • seedling after planting should be watered every day, until rooting occurs, and the stems do not get stronger. Then watering is carried out every 3 days, in hot weather you can make water more often. During a drought, it is advisable to additionally spray the leaves. One plant requires 10-12 liters of water,
  • In the first year, fertilizing can be avoided if you used fertilizers during planting. Starting from the second year, the plant is fed twice per season. For this purpose, suitable any complex compositions for the root method of application. In the autumn it is recommended to feed the tree with organic matter, for example, with an aqueous solution of mullein at the rate of 5 l / tree,
  • willow is susceptible to infection by pests and diseases, therefore it is recommended to carry out preventive treatment with fungicides and insecticides. Work is desirable to carry out in the spring, when the growing season begins. For spraying suitable complex chemical preparations of a wide spectrum of action. The treatment is carried out in two stages with an interval of 14 days.

Pruning and crown formation is an important part of willow care in the garden. The procedure is carried out exclusively in the spring before the buds begin to swell, the first shaping is required when the tree reaches a height of 1.5 m. To do this, all deformed and damaged branches should be cut. Then, with the help of a pruner, young shoots are also cut, so that as a result, the crown will acquire a spherical shape. During the season, it is permissible to trim all long branches to maintain the decorativeness of the plant.

Breeding

Spherical willow is easy to propagate independently in a vegetative way. To do this, an adult plant from the age of 2 years should be cut cuttings up to 40 cm in length. Each of them must have at least 4 buds of growth for subsequent rooting. The cutting of the cutting must be oblique, which speeds up the process of root formation. Then planting material is prepared for planting. Scheme of work:

  1. Dry the cut point and powder it with coal powder.
  2. Pour into the container fine river sand, ignite it, and then plenty of moisturize.
  3. To deepen the cuttings into the substrate with an interval of 10 cm, no more than 10 cm should remain on the soil surface.
  4. Put the container in a warm and humid place. It is necessary to monitor the soil moisture, avoiding its drying out.

Rooting occurs within 25-30 days, after which willow saplings are fully prepared for transplanting in open ground to a permanent place.

Willow pests

A spherical willow in a garden setting can be exposed to many pests. Especially often they are found in warm and dry regions. Typical for culture harmful insects:

  • willow weevil
  • aphid,
  • willow cicada
  • leaf beetle

If there are signs of infection and the insects themselves on the plant, it is necessary to remove most of the population mechanically, for example, with their hands or pour boiling water over them. Then it should be treated with a broad-spectrum chemical insecticide (Actellic, Aktara, Intavir, Spark and others). All affected parts of the plant must be cut.

Globe-shaped willow is a popular plant for gardening private plots. The tree is unpretentious to the external conditions, care and grows quickly. To maintain the decoration it is important to regularly form, if necessary, willow is easy to propagate using cuttings.

Features: refinement and simplicity

The difference between spherical willow and many other plants is the possibility of planting in groundwater accumulation sites. The resistance of its roots to the emergence of rot in an atmosphere of high humidity is used by owners of lowland garden plots for landscaping. The tree grows well in deciduous mass even in partial shade, but prefers to grow in places that are well lit by the sun. Dense fastening of the leaves to the petioles allows you to grow on open windy terrain.

Tip! Further care of the tree will be greatly facilitated if it is landed on a plot that is flooded with groundwater. All summertime, you can do without watering.

Spherical branches differ from other types of willows by the arrangement of gray branches - they do not droop when they grow back, but rush upwards. The bulk of emerald pointed leaves is located on the upper shoots of the crown, resembling a volumetric ball. When shrub growing gardeners leave a few basic thick shoots, and if you want to get a miniature tree remove all branches except one central. A future crown will form on it.

Cultivation: one hundred percent survival rate

Only those gardeners who have no place to take cuttings propagate willow spherical seeds. In spring, the plant is covered with a lot of fluffy light clouds, that is exactly what its inflorescences look like. Ripened seeds are difficult to collect, with the slightest breeze of the wind, they spread throughout the district. In addition, after a few days the seeds are not suitable for germination.

Tip! It must be borne in mind that the adult tree can grow up to 6-7 m in height. If at planting it was planned to grow a compact specimen, then care is needed with carrying out regular pruning of shoots in the spring for a length of up to 0.5 m.

So that the cuttings do not grow roots, you need to try very hard - the willow easily takes root in water or wet sand. Before the start of sap flow, annual shoots are cut and cuttings are 30-40 cm long. Each of them should have from 3 to 6 healthy buds. Next steps:

  1. Slanting shoots are dried and sprinkled with crushed coal.
  2. Prepare containers with calcined river sand.
  3. Planted cuttings at a distance of 10-20 cm from each other.
  4. Moisturize sand abundantly.

At room temperature, willow saplings in a month will begin to grow. Care for them is only in periodic watering. The best time for planting comes in early spring, as soon as the topsoil has thawed. But even with the summer arrangement of saplings on the plot, the tree will perfectly take root.

Landing: moving to the lawn

Especially good willow globular engraves in slightly acidic loamy soils. If the ground is too dense, add a couple of buckets of sand into it and mix thoroughly. When growing a compact ornamental tree, you can insure and lay a layer of expanded clay (10-20 cm) on the bottom of the hole. A well is dug out according to the size of the seedling - usually about half a meter deep and as wide as it is sufficient.

Tip! Trees from peat pots are not removed, and planted directly in them. When grown in cups, planting is carried out by the method of transshipment (together with an earthy clod).

Two thirds of the excavated land is mixed with a bucket of rotted manure and a small amount of any mineral fertilizer, then the mixture is placed back into the hole. Sapling perfectly tolerates the deepening of several buds, thereby increasing additional roots. Sprinkle the landing site with soil and well tamped. It remains to pour a few buckets of water under the willow root.

Care: easier does not happen

Water willow as needed. Usually enough to make 10 liters of water weekly in the morning or evening hours. The adult willow loves regular spraying, but it is impossible to carry out such a procedure under direct sunlight. The plant responds remarkably to regular pruning. Beginning gardeners usually do not hesitate to take such drastic actions as they take care, but in vain. In gratitude, the tree will grow more powerful branches, and the crown will be dense, compact.

Tip! When conducting an autumn planting is necessary to cut off all the leaves. Then the tree does not waste the sap flow and perezimuet well.

Usually fertilization when planting is sufficient for the development of the plant. Only when grown in poor soils need additional feeding. Twice during the summer, 200 g of dissolved complex fertilizers are applied at the root. Pests have attacked willow globular if the following symptoms are detected during the routine examination:

  • shiny cobwebs between branches,
  • accumulation of insects near the delicate parts of the shoots,
  • various bark damage
  • brown spots on the leaves,
  • many wilted twigs.

In the summer, especially during the dry season, various harmful insects can live on the tree. Once a week you need to spray the willow with a solution of any modern insecticide. To minimize the likelihood of their attack, it is necessary to promptly remove fallen leaves. Also a mandatory procedure in the care is loosening the soil to a depth of about 20 cm.

After the willow grows up to 1.5 m, you can begin to artistic creativity. The branches planted on different sides of the garden willow are intertwined with each other at a sufficient height. Now they will grow as a whole and after a year you can walk under the shadow of their shady crowns. For hedges, young plants are planted immediately at a distance of 40-60 cm and twine the shoots as they grow.

Care for spherical willow is simple, and its cultivation is possible in various ways. The willow is spherical among bushes of undersized roses. Coniferous trees of compact trees also have a beneficial effect on the plant, protecting the bare trunk and scaring off rodents with a peculiar aroma. If you plant several willow bushes on the banks of an improvised pond, you can avoid the collapse of the earth’s layers into the water.

Description and main varieties

Globe-shaped willow is a unique tree that can grow as a small dwarf; it can also become a real giant that reaches twenty meters in height. What it will be depends on the characteristics of the variety to which the plant belongs. A special feature of each of the varieties is luxurious round crown, thanks to its thick leaves, it turns into a beautiful, lush hat. Despite this, the trunk and the lower part of the branches remain completely naked.

Fragile globular willow is a wonderful honey plant, it is often planted near apiaries. In addition, the tree tolerates cold. Even at minus forty, it can survive. Globular willow is widespread not only in Russia, but throughout the whole continent of Eurasia and even in Australia and Africa. If we consider the Russian territory, then such varieties of spherical willow are suitable for it:

  1. Purple. This shrub got its name due to the unique color of thin shoots and catkins, which have a bright purple color. Only two meters reaches the diameter of the crown of this shrub.
  2. Whole leaf variety. The variety can look like a shrub, and like a small tree that has branches that hang down a little, it depends on the characteristics of cultivation. Bright pinkish-white color distinguishes the tips of the leaves of a young plant.
  3. Eared. The bush has quite impressive sizes, its difference is the brownish shade of the young stem and grayish branches.
  4. Spherical hybrid dwarf. This is a very beautiful view, a small tree that reaches three meters in width and height. It has very lush and dense foliage that covers the crown.
  5. Winding Sverdlovsk hybrid up to five meters high. His crown is not very thick, the branches are a little drooping. The leaves are curled.
  6. Hybrid lighthouse. This variety was bred in order to obtain a vine for weaving. At this time it is represented by an incredibly beautiful and very lush bush, which has a spherical shape, it reaches a height of three meters.

Planting and care

Spherical willow differs from many plants not only in its unpretentiousness, but also in its remarkable survival in places where other plants often die. The tree prefers moisture and will take root very well in places where groundwater accumulates. This is all due to the fact that the root system is incredibly resistant to the effects of a very humid environment on it. They will not rot, even if there is a lot of stagnant water in the soil.

Planting willow in open ground

Spherical willow is very fond of bright light, so the place for planting should be bright. Before the landing it is necessary to prepare the wells, the depth of which should be about 0.4 meters, and the width - approximately 0.5 meters. On the third well, you need to fill the mixture, which consists of nutrient soil, peat and compost. The period for planting willow is very wide: the planting of seedlings in the open ground can begin in the middle of spring and end in the middle of autumn. The main thing is not to have very dry roots and an earthy ball, then the landing will be successful and will delight you.

Watering and feeding mode

Willow loves moisturetherefore, watering should be periodical and abundant. На каждое дерево, в зависимости от его величины, объем воды должен быть около двадцати-пятидесяти литров. Поливать деревья необходимо два раза в месяц. А в период засухи необходимо увеличить частоту полива до четырёх раз в месяц.

In the spring and autumn period It is recommended several times to fertilize the tree with complex mineral fertilizer, and in the last days of the summer it is also necessary to add a nutrient organic complex. If by the beginning of autumn gray-black spots with a small bloom began to appear on the leaves of willow, it means that the tree lacks copper: you need to take care of fertilizer application.

In the autumn, all the leaves that have fallen must be removed and weeds removed from the site. With the onset of cold weather varieties that are unstable to cold, it is imperative to cover the material that lets the air through.

Pest and disease control

Unfortunately, the spherical willow is very much exposed to various pests, for this reason it is necessary to fight them. Among the very dangerous and popular willow pests are:

  1. Willow weevil. This is a very dangerous pest for a tree, it can destroy all the willow trees that grow in the garden. The pest multiplies very actively and quickly destroys trees and shrubs: there are huge moves on the trunks, and then the tree abruptly begins to drop the leaves. In August, the weevil becomes the most active. Unfortunately, the method of dealing with it does not yet exist. The only thing you can do is remove all parts of the tree damaged by the weevil.
  2. Aphid. Unfortunately, first-hand this pest is known to almost every gardener. Aphid lives in huge colonies that mostly attack young willow shoots. As a result of such an attack, the tops of the branches are destroyed, and the leaves turn yellow. A kerosene-soap solution will help fight this pest. You need to take about 2.5 liters of kerosene and 0.5 kilograms of green soap and dilute it all in 75 liters of water. It is necessary to spray trees with a solution in the evening period when there is no strong wind.
  3. Willow cicada. This pest loves to lay eggs in young willow shoots. As a result, the bark of the tree cracks, side shoots start to grow abundantly, and the main ones dry out very quickly. It is necessary to fight the pest mechanically. First, you need to grease the willow branches with glue or tar, and then you need to wait for the pest and collect it with your hands.
  4. Leaf beetle. The activity of the insect can lead to blackening of the leaves and their further fall. It is necessary to fight the pest by removing the parts of the trees damaged by the beetle. You can catch the beetle in the boxes on the bait.

Neighborhood with other plants

Due to the fact that the tree has an original and sophisticated appearance, spherical willow is very actively used as a decorative element in landscape design. The tree is well suited for landscaping parks and alleys, as well as gardens.

A plant with proper and good care, as well as proper choice of place among other plants in the garden can be a unique work of art that will decorate any garden. Great willow looks with other shrubs.

It is often combined with bonsai, if the garden is decorated in Japanese style. But the tree can be planted separately, as a single plant. The branches of the tree eventually become brittle and fall down, creating a lush and very beautiful halo around the plant.

Around water bodies, this tree can create a beautiful and picturesque corner. Ornamental stones are laid out next to them and they decorate a stem circle with the bloody flowers.

Spherical willow can strengthen the slopes that are crumbling. For this purpose, it is necessary to plant varieties that have a crown height of not less than three meters.

Globular willow: description, main varieties and varieties

Globular willow is a unique tree that can grow into a small dwarf or become a real giant, reaching 15-20 m in height. It all depends on the characteristics of a particular variety. The external feature of any of the varieties of spherical willow is a luxurious round-shaped crown, which, thanks to the densely growing leaves, turns into a beautiful green fluffy cap. In this case, the lower part of the branches and the trunk remain completely naked.

Globular willow is an excellent honey plant, which is often planted not far from apiaries. In addition, willow - perfectly withstands cold. Even at -40ºС it is able to survive. The plant is widespread not only in the Russian territory, but throughout the Eurasian continent and even in Africa and Australia.
If we talk about the territory of Russia, then the following varieties of spherical willow are optimal for our open spaces (below the photo):

  • Purple. This low shrub got its name due to the unusual color of flexible thin shoots and earrings - bright purple. The diameter of the crown reaches only 2 m.

  • Wholeleaf Hakuro Nishiki. Depending on the characteristics of cultivation, the variety can look like a shrub, and as a full-fledged small tree with branches hanging down slightly. The tips of the leaves of a young plant are distinguished by a bright pinkish-white color.
  • Eared. Quite impressive size shrub, different brownish stems (young) and grayish branches.

  • Spherical dwarf (hybrid). Very beautiful variety, represented by a small tree (about 2-3 m in height and width), featuring a very dense and lush leafy crown.
  • Sverdlovsk meandering (hybrid). The average height of the tree, reaching 4-5 m. The crown is not very thick, the branches are drooping. The leaves are a little curly.

  • Lighthouse (hybrid). Was bred for weaving vines. Currently represented by a beautiful lush bush of spherical shape, reaching about 3 m in height.

Planting in open ground

Spherical willow differs from most plants not only in its unpretentiousness, but also in its excellent survival in places where most of the plants will die. So, the spherical willow loves moisture and will get acclimatized in places of groundwater accumulation. It's all about the incredible stability of the willow root system to the effects of an overly humid environment. Accordingly, willow roots, even if there is stagnant water in the soil, will not rot.

Since the willow is very fond of light, it is advisable to choose a bright place for planting in open ground. Immediately before planting, prepare the wells with a depth of about 0.4 m and a width of about 0.5 m. At 1/3 the pit is filled with a nutrient mixture consisting of compost, peat, and nutrient soil. The period for planting willow is quite wide: planting seedlings in open ground can be carried out from mid-spring to mid-autumn. The main condition for a successful willow planting is not very dry roots and an earthen ball.

Feed and irrigation mode

As noted earlier, the willow is very fond of moisture, therefore, it is necessary to water the tree generously and often. Depending on the size of the tree, the volume of water should be about 20-50 liters (per tree). The irrigation procedure is carried out with a frequency of 2 times per month. In a very hot dry period, you can increase the frequency of watering up to 4 times a month.

Tip If you want to simplify the care of the globular willow, and minimize the amount of watering, you just need to plant a young tree in the area, which is flooded with groundwater. And then you can forget about soil moistening in the area where willow grows.

During the spring and autumn period, it is desirable to at least a couple of times to make a complex mineral fertilizer, and at the end of the summer - also a nourishing organic complex. If by the end of the summer period gray-black spots with bloom began to appear on the willow leaves, this is the first signal that the plant does not have enough copper: take care of the immediate application of fertilizer.

In autumn, all fallen leaves should be removed, if necessary, remove wild growth from the site. With the onset of cold weather, low-temperature-resistant varieties are necessarily “insulated” by breathable material.

Fight against diseases and pests

Unfortunately, willow is sufficiently susceptible to various pests, so you should detect them in a timely manner and immediately begin the fight. The most dangerous and common willow pests include:

  1. Willow weevil. The most dangerous pest of willow, which is able to destroy the entire willow garden. Actively lives and quickly destroys the plant. As a result, in some cases there are huge moves that cover the willow and then a sharp drop of foliage. Most actively manifests itself weevil in August. The pest control method, unfortunately, does not exist. The only thing you can do is remove the damaged parts of the tree.
  2. Aphid. Pest, known to many gardeners, unfortunately, is not hearsay. He lives in large colonies, attacking young willow shoots. The result - destroyed the tops of the branches and the yellowness of the leaves. The method of struggle: kerosene-soap solution. About 2.5 liters of kerosene and 0.5 kg of green soap must be diluted in 75 liters of water. Spraying of a tree is carried out in the evening period in the absence of a strong wind.
  3. Willow cicada. She likes to make numerous egg clutches in willow shoots. As a result, cracked bark, an abundance of side shoots, drying of the main ones. The method of struggle is mechanical. To begin, generously grease the willow branches with tar / glue. It remains only to wait for the pest and collect it manually.
  4. Leaf beetle Black, as if burnt leaves and partially bare branches - this is what the leaf beetle can lead to. The method of struggle: removal of parts of the tree damaged by the pest and catching the beetle to the bait in the boxes, lubricated with any adhesive composition.

The combination of willow with other plants

Thanks to the original sophisticated appearance of the spherical willow is actively used as a decorative element in landscape design. Spherical willow is great for landscaping both parks and avenues, and private garden plots.

Spherical willow with proper care and proper location among other plants of the garden can be a real work of art. Looks great plant in tandem with other shrubs.

It is often used in combination with bonsai when decorating Japanese-style gardens. It can be used as a solitary plant, because over time the branches of the tree become brittle and, falling down, create a magnificent original halo around the tree.

Fine decor can be obtained by growing spherical willow near water. Ornamental stones are usually laid out in front of the tree, and the tree trunk is decorated with soil-colored flowers.

That's all you need to know for the successful cultivation of spherical willow in any garden. Good luck!

Description and popular varieties

Globular willow can be grown in the form of a dwarf, and in the form of a full-fledged tree, the size of which is up to 20 m in height, it all depends on the variety. A characteristic feature of the plant is the formation of very thick, spherical green caps, while the trunk and lower part of the branches often remain bare.

Willow is considered the herald of spring - it is one of the first to start dissolving the leaves after the winter period. Earrings begin to peck along with the leaves. Their sizes are 4-5 cm, and with fruits they are even larger and reach 6-7 cm.

In our latitudes there are a huge number of varieties suitable for cultivation:

  1. Willow eared - shrub 1.5-3 m in height with red-brown young stalks and branches of dark gray shade.
  2. Purple willow - low shrub, up to 2 m in diameter with purple flexible and thin shoots. Earrings - bright purple color, from where this plant got its name.
  3. Willow wholegrain Hakuro Nishiki - can be grown in the form of a bush, and in the form of a small tree with slightly hanging branches. The young leaves are spotted pink-white color.
  4. Willow hybrid memory Bazhova - tree up to 13 m tall. Durable, fast-growing. Forms a powerful trunk, which is crowned with an oval weeping crown.
  5. Willow Hybrid Spherical Dwarf - reaches up to 3 m in width and height. Crohn - medium density, spherical shape. Leaves 5-6 cm long, 0.6-1 cm wide.
  6. Willow hybrid Sverdlovsk meandering - a tree with a height of 4-5 m. The crown is spherical in shape, the branches wilt towards the ground, the leaves curl a little.
  7. Willow Hybrid Lighthouse - initially derived for basket weaving. It is a round-shaped bush up to 2.5 m high.

Optimum soil

The best soil for planting this plant will be slightly acid loam and sandy soil. If the soil is excessively dense, it is recommended to add several buckets of sand to it before planting and mix everything thoroughly. Wet soils next to ponds or marshes are perfect for wood, which will save the gardener from the need for regular watering.

Planting seedlings

Spherical willow requires special rules for planting and caring for it. We should start with the fact that it is almost impossible to plant this tree with the help of seeds, since they ripen in earrings that fall at the slightest breeze of the wind and are suitable for planting only a couple of days after falling. Therefore, the preferred method of planting - with the help of seedlings.

The most successful period for planting willow will be from April to mid-autumn. Planting after the specified period may lead to unsuccessful wintering as a result of which the seedlings will die.

Before direct landing it is necessary to prepare pits. They should be up to 50 cm in diameter and up to 30-40 cm in depth. The bottom of the landing pit should be tamped down with a prepared layer of nutrient soil that can be made by mixing peat, sand and compost in equal proportions.

Garden care

To care for a willow in a garden is a rather simple task. The whole complex of measures can be divided into daily, which include watering, and others - dressing, pruning and crown formation.

The young tree must be watered daily, at least during the warmer periods of the year, and until it is strong. The daily rate of water for this plant is only 10-12 liters. An adult tree also needs abundant spraying during hot periods, but not at those moments when it is exposed to direct active sunlight.

If the soil in which the planting was carried out is distinguished by a good fertility index, then a single top dressing in the process of planting will suffice.

However, if the soil is poor, it is better to do additional feeding from time to time until the plant finally becomes stronger. In this case, the tree should be fertilized 2-3 times during the summer season. Absolutely any soluble fertilizer in the amount of 200 g per one supplement will be suitable for these purposes. Fertilizer should be at the root.

Cropping and crown formation

Pruning is carried out exclusively in the spring season until the bud break. The tree tolerates this procedure well, as a result of which a thick and bright crown is formed. It is possible to start forming the crown from your crown after the tree reaches 1.5 m. Prior to this, it is worthwhile to simply cut off excessively distorted and clearly deformed branches. Dwarf willow bushes can be completely rejuvenated with a radical trim cap. The shrubs tolerate this manipulation well, giving off young and healthier fresh shoots. Do not prune willow in autumn.

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