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Has anyone tried digging up a Kilmarnock willow?

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I have a Kilmarnock willow in the front garden that is sadly too huge for its position. I'm either going to have to cut it down or somehow dig it out. It is about 6 feet high and about the same wide, so I'm guessing it will have to be the chop. Has anyone dug one out and know anything about their root structure? I'm prepared to give it a go with digging, but not if it will take forever and cause little chance of survival for the tree.



As Salix are easily propagated and can recover very quickly from root damage, I would say give it a go. The only issue is whether the roots are going to be too large a mass to get out easily. If you can leave it for another month, all the better for the tree.

21 Aug, 2009


Thank you - I will give the digging a go. I probably won't be able to wait a whole month, but maybe could wait another couple of weeks or so.

21 Aug, 2009


You have a much higher chance of the tree surviving if you wait till the autumn, but if you decide to chop it down because you can't get it out, please read my blog on tree stump treatments - its not very long and tells you exactly how to deal with the stump. Find it by clicking my icon and selecting it from my home page. Good luck with trying to move it, if you do;-)

22 Aug, 2009


Thank you for your help. The only problem with waiting until autumn is that I start a very intensive full time course in mid - late September and I won't have time to tackle it then. The tree is cutting out a huge amount of light in the lounge, and I'd like to remove it sooner rather than later as my large indoor bonsai is struggling with lack of light and won't make it through the dark winter months otherwise.

I'll have a look at the tree stump treatment, Bamboo, it would be great to be able to dig it out but I'm not sure if I'm being realistic due to the size of it and cutting it may be the better option.

Thank you for your help.

22 Aug, 2009

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