March 31, 2009 – Planting Willows

It’s time to cut back the willows in the willow nursery.

Here’s a curly willow before pruning.

Here’s what it looks like after it’s pruned or “coppiced.”

I use the prunings to start more willows.  I put 88 in the ground. They seem to grow by just sticking them into the ground – we experimented last year just sticking them in a low spot and they survived without weeding, or even mowing.  So, I will move the patch down the lowland.  If nothing else, the goats will love the browse.

one year ago…”Claire at Mock Trial”

2 thoughts on “March 31, 2009 – Planting Willows

  1. I just purchased a ‘Scarlet Curls’ willow. I am hoping to control it’s size by coppicing. Do you coppice every year? Is the growth in the first picture one years growth? Thank you.

  2. Yep, I coppice every March or so, and the photo is of one year’s growth. There, is of course, a bit of difference in size based on variety.

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