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Weeping Willow Planting
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Spence    Posted 03-25-2002 at 20:04:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would like to plant a row of them on my lot beside the road. The ground is rich and moist down there and it would look nice.

I heard the root systems for these trees are a nightmare to manage. My last pipe of my septic field will be 100ft from the first tree.

Is that enough or is it a bad idea.?

50brostro    Posted 03-27-2002 at 17:00:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I threw a piece of weeping willow about 3 inches x 16 inches just under the sod by my pond about 7 years ago its now about 25 feet highand shades the corner of the pond the bass love it. regards stro

Whatever you do, don't plant - PCC-AL    Posted 03-26-2002 at 19:00:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
PRIVET. Privet has got to be the worse pest with the sole exception of Kudsu. I know folks plant it for hedges in the city and keep it pruned. It has gone wild in my fields where I planted pine trees and cost me a bunch to spray and try to kill it. Don't even know how it got started. Must have been the birds or wind.

Les with one more thought    Posted 03-26-2002 at 17:35:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't park anything under them. They never stop bleeding, shedding, p***ing all over everything. That sap turns everything it touches to black and is worse to remove than pine pitch.
I agree with Ray P. There are many choices that are ever so much better than stinkin ugly old willows, whether they weep or not. Avoid them and you will avoid a lot of weeping yourself.

RayP(MI)    Posted 03-26-2002 at 16:13:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
RUN DON'T WALK away from that idea. Willows will take over everything. They drop branches all over. You'll find yourself trimming them regularly or they'll prevent you from getting under them with your machinery. ROOTS? One fellow out our way was having trouble with his field tile not functioning. He dug down and found roots in it. Hooked a chain on them and pulled 1/4 of a mile of roots out! A hundred feet isn't near enough separation from a drain field. I wouldn't be happy with a hundred yards! One of my neighbors cut one off a bank beside a creek, it fell top first across the stream. then the darn thing started growing backwards! Another friend put a couple of bare trunks along the edge of his beach at the cottage, to stop the waves from eroding it. Within the year he had a forest of saplings growing, completely obscuring the view of the lake. My dad planted a sapling here a few years back. I've had to cut it down three times. Finally got a contractor in with a hydra-hoe. He almost tipped the thing over TWICE before he dug around it deep enough to sever all the roots. I still have roots going 50 feet away from the place. YOU DON'T WANT WEEPING WILLOW!

Thanks All!    Posted 03-26-2002 at 11:23:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Think I'll put 2 willows at the farthest on the row and larch starting at the nearest end, that'll give me the distance I need.

Thanks All!    Posted 03-26-2002 at 11:23:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Think I'll put 2 willows at the farthest on the row and larch starting at the nearest end, that'll give me the distance I need.

Salmoneye    Posted 03-26-2002 at 11:55:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Les thinks willow is a bad idea...I have pesonally threatened my friends, family and neighbors that if they plant Tamaracs anywhere near me...they just might mysteriously fail to thrive...

Tamarac=Eastern Larch

Dang weeds...


Spence - Yeah but ......    Posted 03-26-2002 at 16:05:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was thinking of Tamaraks for boat building wood grows 1/3 the time as white oak. It's the poor man's white oak, matching it in all respects except impact resistance. Similar to rot resistant
cyprus but better than long leaf yellow pine.

"That's what happens Spence when you don't fill in the blanks." smile

Thanks guys.

Salmoneye    Posted 03-27-2002 at 02:03:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hear they make good telephone poles too...
But Doesn't mean I want em growing near me...


F14....Not a problem...    Posted 03-26-2002 at 13:21:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dang Eastern Larch Bark Beetles have wiped out every dang one of 'em on my patch. Lotsa folks think they are weeds around here too. I get looked at funny for mowing around them...

Ludwig    Posted 03-26-2002 at 08:22:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
My folks have a couple, and there whole yard
is only 50 yards long, so theres are probably
only 50 feet from the end of the leech field and
aside from having a junky septic system
anyway I think the trees might actually help a
There was a third tree right next to the house
for many years also. Thats the only corner of
the house that never leaked.... It died about 2
years ago and we took it down. Thats a pain,
those trunks are just sopping wet inside. The
wood isn't good for anything, it doesn't burn,
just kind of goes away...

Dreamweaver    Posted 03-26-2002 at 06:52:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
They're an extremely popular tree here in the Carolinas, and I think they're beautiful. Lots of them planted around farm ponds. Don't get too close to the septic system, but I think 100 feet should be ok. We had some in our yard and they may have been a bit closer than that, and they were fine. Don't plan them too close to a concrete driveway thought.

F14    Posted 03-26-2002 at 05:01:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
If ya do, let me know how it works out. I've been mulling over the idea of planting some in some marshy land on the edge of the stream to stablize the banks. It's about 200 yards from my septic system ":^)

Sammie    Posted 03-26-2002 at 07:12:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
My mother used river willow and wild iris to stablize her creekbank. Worked very well however, she lives on a curve and as the plants spread, then narrowed the creek and slows down the water even more - result- soil deposits on the bottom and floods when the water comes up. We have to get a permit to hand remove the monsters every few years!!!

TB    Posted 03-26-2002 at 04:59:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
According to what my father told me most of the weeping willow trees that were planted in our area years ago were planted for a reason. The reason being to help dry up excessively wet ground. I don't know if there is anything to this but personally I can't see any other reason to have them around.

Tom A    Posted 03-26-2002 at 04:57:35       [Reply]  [Send Email]

I think 100 feet is probably ok, especially if the soil they're in is generally moist anyway--they tend to follow water if they need it, not just for the fun of it.

Some folks do hate them; my parents did. I happen to like them, and speaking as a beekeeper I'd say "plant them"! They are one of the earliest sources of nectar for honeybees to begin gathering in the spring, and honeybees need all the help they can get right now. :-)

If you like them, plant them. The couple that I have on the property have never spread, so I don't think they're like some noxious plants that Les is talking about ("Tree of Heaven"! yuch), and it is possible to cut 'em down and kill them if you decide later that you don't like them.

Just my 2 cents!

Les...IMHO, Bad Idea    Posted 03-26-2002 at 01:39:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why take a chance. You may think they look nice at first but most people grow to hate the nasty things. Whatever you do, don't plant any Lombardy poplars either. You'll never be able to get rid of them and they have to be one of the ugliest trees ever created.
I'm partial to ash and rock maple (also called sugar maple or hard maple). I forget where you live, Spence.

JRM    Posted 03-26-2002 at 08:44:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with Les. Weeping willows are one of the dirtiest trees. You will soon regret planting them as you will be constantly cleaning up willow debris.

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