7 tips for growing willow
Pollarding willow is similar to coppicing, but instead of cutting at ground level, trees are cut off at head height or slightly higher.
you plant willow where it won’t interfere with home foundations or drainage systems.
branch that is at least 25cm long will take root when planted in soil.
branch to at least half of its depth and it will establish itself and send up side shoots.
willow needs little care once planted, you should take care to prepare the site well: weed well, lay a good, organic mulch, and water during dry weather while the trees establish.
after planting, cut the willow down to 10cm above ground level and you will have established a willow ‘stool’. Rods growing out of this stool can then be coppiced or left to grow for three or four years and cut off around head height to create a pollarded tree. Pollarding is a method of pruning that keeps trees smaller than they would otherwise grow, and multiple rods will grow from where it was cut.
branches can also be planted in a row and the growing rods can be interwoven to create a living fence.