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Weeping Willows and Ice Storms!

Dear Steve:

Weeping Willow Trees - I live in Zone 5, Northeast Indiana, and in late May 2001 planted about eight 2 ft. Weeping Willow Trees. To date they have done very well reaching over 5 ½ feet each with branches that have a 3 to 4 foot span. As Winter is approaching, I fear that the Ice Storms that are noted for this climate will harm my landscaping wonders.

What precautions can I take to protect them? What should I be doing to preserve the ground that surrounds them, besides making sure they have 3 to 4 inches of Mulch at the trees’ bases?

Any suggestions you can offer will be deeply appreicated.


Hello Krista,

The mulch would be a good thing. For ice storms, the only thing that will come to mind is something I saw some folks do in Wisconsin and upstate New York.

To keep their evergreens from drying out from windburn they use burlap to wrap around the branches. Then straw bales are placed around the trees to also help keep the wind off.

You may try tying your branches up or down when the tree goes dormant then burlap around that. Run a good strong piece of re-bar or conduit next to your tree and stake it so that if you do get an ice storm it will not break off the top of the tree.

Hope this is of some use.

Kind regards

Steve Jones

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