- Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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- willow plant
- pruning shears or saw
- all-purpose granular fertilizer
Willows (Salix) look great grown as pollards. Let a single stem grow to about 5 ft (1.5 m) tall, and prune so ?that new growth develops at the top, creating a head of colorful young stems.
When to Start: Late winter or early spring
At Their Best: Winter
Time to Complete: 1 hour
Remove Weak Growth
When the leaves fall in autumn, neaten the plant by pruning out weak and damaged stems, and remove any shoots from the main trunk.
Prune to One or Two Buds
Before new growth appears in spring, use clippers to cut back every stem to one or two buds. Use a pruning saw to remove larger material.
Excerpted from How to Grow Practically Everything
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