Weeping Willow Trees
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Weeping willow eaten by beaver

Zone Allardt TN 38556 | smgail added on January 19, 2018 | Answered

My beautiful 2nd year weeping willow tree was eaten down to ground level by our local beaver. There are sprouts growing from the site- Can I trim it in a way that would enable a new tree to grow again? (with fencing this time)

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BushDoctor
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Answered on January 21, 2018

This is a very common problem. Beavers are also a problem in my area. So much so, that there is no limit on how many or when you can kill them. They encourage it, much like wild hogs in Texas. Now, I will say that willows will gladly sprout back from the base. IF you would like, you can prune this to a single trunk, or you can leave multiple trunks. Just know that, in the long run, this will be much harder to maintain. Fencing will help some, but beavers tunnel, and eat roots as well. It may be necessary to either trap, or kill them according to your local laws.

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