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Asked by
Anonymous on
March 26, 2011

Q. Lilac and Willow

I live in Kamllops, BC.  Are lilacs like willows? Can they be planted near a running stream? I have also heard I cannot plant lilacs near a septic field, as they will run towards water and break pipes. If not too trouble, what do you recommend for a slope/hillside for erosion control? I have cut down MANY pines since beetles killed the trees. It does not have to be trees. It can be shrubs, low-growing plants, or even ground cover.

Answered by
Nikki on
March 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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For erosion control, many people like ground covers. It is able to hold onto more soil. Ivy, creeping periwinkle, pachysandra and even creeping phlox are great for hillsides.

Most lilacs do not like soggy soil, so I would not recommend them for next to running water. As far as them being a danger to pipes, they are fine as long as they are getting enough water. Any plant, lilacs or otherwise, will tear apart pipes if they are not getting adequate water. Since lilacs are not heavy water drinkers, the risk to pipes is minimal.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 22, 2011

Q. Nutrients Needed for Willow Trees

What do I need to do for my willows? Their leaves are coming in a yellowish green. They are not a vibrant green. What is my soil missing? We have fertilized the lawn but are still not happy with the color of globe willow or weeping willow.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 22, 2011
Certified Expert
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Most likely, it is a nitrogen deficiency. Use a nitrogen rich fertilizer. These articles will also suggest other possibilities:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plant-leaves-turn-yellow.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/leaf-chlorosis-and-iron.htm

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Answered by
weednfeed on
April 22, 2011
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fish emolision work wonders on willows, working some fresh peat into the top inch of the soil, and some liberal watering .

it's what my grandpappy does

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 23, 2011

Q. Yellowish-Green Leaves on Willows

My leaves on the willows are a yellowish green, not a vibrant green. I have fertilized the lawn and also put down ironite. Please let me know what else to do to get vibrant green leaves.

Answered by
Nikki on
April 23, 2011
Certified Expert
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Most likely, it is a nitrogen deficiency. Use a nitrogen rich fertilizer. These articles will also suggest other possibilities:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/plant-leaves-turn-yellow.htm
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/leaf-chlorosis-and-iron.htm

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 23, 2011

Q. Willow Tree

I want to plant a willow tree on my river bank. Will the roots of a willow tree strengthen or weaken the river bank?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 23, 2011
Certified Expert
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These trees are ideal in wet situations and should pose no real harm to the river bank itself.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 2, 2011

Q. Variegated Willow Standard Form

I just purchased a variegated willow standard form to plant in a patio container. I live in Zone 5-6 and I am wondering if I should bring this tree into the garage during the winter so that the roots don’t freeze. I am planning on planting it in a 21 inch x 16 inch pot. Will the garage be too warm and not allow the tree to go dormant?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 3, 2011
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If it is not a heated garage, that should be fine.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 16, 2011

Q. Wind Blew Tree Over Still Growing

What is the best way to keep a tree from falling again after it has been blown over (globe willow)?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 17, 2011
Certified Expert
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Even if the tree survives and still grows, the stem (trunk) will never repair itself to the point that it can support itself. Therefore, it may always need some type of support, such as staking, to keep it upright.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 17, 2011

Q. Propagating Irish Willow

I have what I call an ‘Irish willow. ‘ It grows very tall, very thorny, and has beautiful fragrant white flowers directly placed across from each other along with the leaves. The bees love it. When and how do I propagate it?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 17, 2011
Certified Expert
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Willow is one of the easiest plants to propagate from cuttings. With most tree and shrub willows, this should be done using dormant stems in the winter.

Here is an article that may be helpful: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/how-to-root-cuttings-from-various-shrubs-bushes-and-trees.htm

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