How to Plant Hybrid Willow Trees

Overview

Hybrid willow trees are fast-growing trees. They are commonly grown for the basket industry. They prefer well-draining soil that is sandy or full of silt. They will grow in clay-like soil that drains poorly, but this will slow their growth. They should be planted in the spring when soil temperature reaches 50 degrees F and above.

Step 1

Soak the lower quarter of the hybrid willow tree in a large bucket of water for 24 hours before planting. This will help speed up the development of the roots.

Step 2

Pull all the weeds up in the area where the hybrid willow is going to be planted. Till the soil until it is loose and remove any large stones. This will make planting and rooting your hybrid willow trees easier.

Step 3

Dig your hole two to three times as deep as the root ball. The taller the tree, the deeper the hole needs to be in order to prevent the hybrid willow tree from tipping over.

Step 4

Rough up the dirt in the hole with the edge of the shovel. This will give the roots a toe hold when growing.

Step 5

Place the hybrid willow tree in the hole. Spread its roots out to give it a head start.

Step 6

Mix four or five shovelfuls of compost in the dirt removed from the hole. This will give the willow nutrients directly at root level. Fill the hole halfway full with the amended soil. Fill the rest of the hole with water.

Step 7

Finish filling the hole with the rest of the soil. Tamp down the area around the willow tree and soak the area with water to settle the soil.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid planting your hybrid willow trees where the roots can eventually interfere with any plumbing, septic systems or storm drains. The roots of full grown willows go very deep.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Shovel
  • Compost

References

  • The Garden Primer; Barbara Damrosch; 2008
  • USDA Forest Service: Establishment and Cultural Guidelines for Using Hybrid Tree Species in Agroforestry Plantings
  • University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service: Willow
Keywords: hybrid willow, tree planting, willow tree

About this Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.