Q Why did our two willow trees die just a few months apart? ELKE EINSMANN, BY EMAIL
A Willows are prone to anthracnose disease that can cause premature defoliation in summer and, if combined with other stress might cause the slow death of the trees. Honey fungus is another culprit, making bark peel off and a mushroomy smell. This autumn look for honey brown toadstools in the area.