Nothing beats the serene beauty and shade of the willow tree. The weeping willow tree grows a huge canopy that provides plenty of shade in the summer. That canopy lends itself to comfortable sunny afternoons with a book and a cool breeze in the air. You can grow a willow tree in your yard using simple cuttings from an establish tree.
Planting Willow Tree Cuttings
You only need a relatively small cutting to grow a new willow tree. Cut a branch that is 1 inch in diameter and between 5 and 16 inches long.
Choose a site with moist soil and plenty of room for the tree to expand. Willow trees put down an extensive root structure and need plenty of moisture in the ground. Be sure the soil is cultivated and has plenty of fertilizer for necessary nutrients.
Plant the cutting in the spring or summer at a depth of at least 12 inches. As it gets established, keep the area free of weeds. Finally, add a layer of mulch around the trunk as the tree grows in order to protect from weeds and provide a nice base for the tree.