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How do you trim weeping willow trees?

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Home Guides states that a weeping willow tree requires regular trimming to maintain the shape and health of the tree. To trim a weeping willow, remove all dead or diseased branches by cutting at the wider part of the branch, or branch collar.

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Disinfect the pruning equipment after removing any diseased branches. Use one part bleach to 10 parts water. Trim any branches that have been damaged by storms. Remove any sucker growth at the bottom of the tree. This will remove excess stress on the tree. In the winter, remove any branches that are crisscrossing or overlapping any other branches. Trim excessive branches; trim the bottoms of the branches that hang low to the ground. Do this at varying lengths to ensure a good appearance. If the tree looks overly crowded in the interior near the trunk, do more trimming in that area to balance out the density of the branches. It is important to only prune young willow trees in the fall or late winter. If pruning is done at another time of year, the willow tree could have stunted growth. Additionally, do not trim or cut off branches that arch upward. They will naturally flow downward later.

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