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Our willow tree

by Heidi on August 10th, 2010
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I mentioned a while back that our big willow tree dropped a branch. It was a very large branch and it missed the house, generator and propane tank by inches. Someone was looking out for us!

Since then everyone we have spoken to has told us that willow trees aren’t very long lived for a tree. Given the size of the branch down, the tree as a whole and the other large branches that could hit the house we decided to call in the experts.

Willow tree

We got a couple of quotes, the first one was a lovely young man, who said that willow’s only really live 40-60 years and this one was very mature. He thought we might be able to leave some branches to give us a couple more years with the tree. It was going to cost about $900 and although we would be considered a priority because it was a threat to the house, he still probably wouldn’t be able to fit us in for a couple of weeks.

The second was an older guy, who was as keen as we were to save as much of the tree as safely possible, and also talked about how to leave the tree not looking really odd and lopsided. He cost $125 and as we didn’t need any clear up done he could do it there and then!

Rotten willow branch

I feel much safer now the tree has been taken care of, the sheep are happy as they are getting to tidy up all the willow branches. Steve is happy as it made quite a contribution to the wood pile, and the very nice man managed to save the branch my hammock chair hangs from!

Our willow tree

We are sad that the tree needed such dramatic surgery, but are really pleased we were able to do something to keep her with us for a little longer.

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  1. That doesn’t look half bad. Quite a bit of tree, really.

    Comment by elizabeth — August 10, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

  2. I think that in the interest of knowing that the tree is old, we should promptly plant a new one or two, so that when it is time for it to go there will be a head start on a new branch for your hammock chair.

    Comment by Chriss — August 10, 2010 @ 9:00 pm

  3. What a good idea Christine. I actually started on a list of trees I want from the Green Barn Nursery the other day. Apparently though it isn’t a good idea to have a willow so close to the house & well. So I think I will plant one out in the field for my sheep! Then I will be able to go sit with them!

    Comment by Heidi — August 11, 2010 @ 8:06 am

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