Tree Tips & Resources
- Choosing a Tree Service Company
- Why Trees Are Important
- Tree Hazards - Know the Signs
- Tree Facts
- Tree Quotes
- Insect Control
- Selecting the Right Tree Variety
- Tree Varieties
- Tree Reflections
- Shrub Identification
Lawn Tips & Resources
“We appreciate the time and attention that your Arbor Patrol team takes to maintain the overall health and appearance of the trees, bushes and general grounds. As they say, you can only have one first impression and the impression the grounds make on both residents and visitors alike is always positive thanks to your caring maintenance. Just as the trees continue to grow and blossom under your care, we hope our relationship with SavATree does the same.”William Toedter
“After four different unsatisfactory visits with so-called arborists, I found SavaTree... I was most impressed with the professionalism of David [my arborists] and his colleagues. They were most knowledgeable, fair with their assessment about what needed to be done, yet very attuned with what my concerns. I highly recommend them without any hesitation. In a field where there is an abundance of folks looking to take advantage of consumers, SavaTree, David and crew strike me as incredibly honest and proud arborists who do a fantastic job.”Debbie Durkin
Silver Spring, MD
“I am a new and highly satisfied customer of SavATree. For 50 years I have lived in the same house in the Greenhaven area, and in that time I have never had a tree company that gave me such fine service.”Joan Kleinbard
“It is always a pleasure working with SavATree as your company provides the best plant, tree and lawn health care that we have experienced at the Ives. Always professional, courteous and responsive to our needs, SavATree’s services have provided our employees and patrons with pleasant outdoor experiences in an insect free environment for several years.”Kathleen G. Gallagher
The Charles Ives Center for the Arts
“For over 14 years, I have entrusted the care of my trees, plants and orchard to SavATree. Their highly qualified arborists have exacting standards and understand how to maintain the health and form of the various species of trees on my property. I admire the artistic skill that goes into the pruning and love the colorful blossoms, fruits and foliage that flourish as a result of their impeccable care.”Martha Stewart
"Efficient, high quality, professional competence — all at a competitive sum. At first [Alison] Pottage won me over by her solid knowledge as an arborist, then the crew did their job to her specifications on our 60 to 70 foot oaks within a remarkable period of time -- and left the grounds quite clean.”
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“You take on a job, call it a problem, gigantic or small, and you go to it. True Professionals. I am at peace for having found SavATree. Sometimes bills are paid grudgingly. I pay with respect to a company whose pride lives up to its logo. It’s love of what you do and I thank you.”Sam Fink
Great Neck, NY
Willow Tree Care and Diseases
Willow Tree Care, Pruning & Disease Prevention
The majestic, graceful willow tree is often found by a pond, stream or other body of water. While it prefers moist soil, weeping willows can do well in drier areas as long as watered regularly. Willow trees require a lot of room due to their size which includes a massive root system and sweeping round crown. This deciduous tree has green narrow leaves and yellow flowers that bloom during April and May. Willow trees are fast growing trees that add drama and shade to large landscapes.
Best Time to Plant a Willow Tree: The best time to plant a willow tree is from the end of January to the middle of March.
Size of a Willow Tree: Willow trees are 34-45 feet high and wide, growing 8-10 feet per year
They grow best in full sun.
If you’d like to establish willow trees in your landscape, we can connect you with a pre-vetted landscape expert that will help you select, purchase and plant new willow trees. For a complimentary consultation with a certified arborist to discuss what would work best in your landscape contact the location nearest you.
Willow Tree Care
Willow trees are low maintenance however tree pruning is important to maintain tree health and desired shape. Applying willow tree fertilizer as needed is also important.
Newly planted trees benefit from ArborKelp®, SavATree's exclusive seaweed biostimulant which aids in tree establishment, promotes root growth and heightens stress tolerance.
Mature and established willow trees benefit from fertilizer feedings of organic-based macro and micronutrients for the nutrition necessary to sustain their health.
Willow Tree Pruning
A young willow tree should be pruned to develop a strong central leader. Willow tree pruning helps promote healthy growth and balance the wood of this soft wood tree. Once the willow tree matures its drooping fronds can touch the ground and can be pruned to allow a clearing under the tree if desired. Dead or broken branches are removed during tree pruning. Any suckers, growing from the soil floor to the trunk, stress the tree and need to be removed.
Your SavATree certified arborist is equipped with the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to keep your willow trees healthy, beautiful and safe. Contact us today for information on tree pruning or any of our other willow tree care services.
Willow Tree Diseases, Pests & Signs of Tree Problems
Gypsy Moth - Gypsy moth caterpillars can be found feeding on willow trees from late May until early July. They can defoliate the willow tree, making it weak and susceptible to other pests and diseases. Learn more about the gypsy moth.
Crown Gall - Willow trees are at risk for crown gall, a bacterium that causes galls to form on the roots and stems. Numerous galls can cause stunting, discoloration and dieback. Crown gall can also make the tree susceptible to secondary tree diseases that enter decaying galls.
Willow Scab - This fungus can attack and kill young willow tree leaves and branches within a very short time. Signs of willow scab include olive green spore masses along the veins on the underside of leaves. Willow scab often occurs with black canker.
Black Canker - Willow trees that are infected with willow scab will often also have black canker. Black canker causes dark brown spots on the tree's leaves. Black bordered gray-white lesions appear on the stems and twigs. When trees are infected with both willow scab and black canker, they are said to have willow blight, which can cause defoliation, significant dieback and tree death.
Bagworm - Bagworm is a type of moth whose caterpillars feed voraciously on willow tree leaves and twigs. Signs of bagworm include defoliation and characteristic 2 inch long bags of tough silk that hang like an ornaments from the willow tree's branches. A bagworm infestation can cause severe defoliation which can retard the growth of the tree and make the tree vulnerable to secondary pests.
Willow Leaf Beetle - Willow leaf beetle larvae and adults feed on the willow tree leaves often to the point of skeletonization . Signs of a willow leaf beetle infestation include defoliation, brown crumbling leaves and metallic, greenish-blue oval beetles, less than 1/5 inches long, feeding in clusters from late May throughout the growing season. In late spring, black larvae can be spotted on the willow tree leaves.
Don't let these diseases or pests destroy your precious willow trees. If you suspect a problem with your willow trees, call a SavATree certified arborist right away for an evaluation and treatment options. Our willow tree care experts can help protect your trees and keep your landscape beautiful.
Diseased photo: Willow Scab 4213006 from Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Archive, Minnesota Department of Natural