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Weeping willow tree

Can I save my tree? As seen in the picture it slowly starting to lean would it be possible to put a post in behind and use something to try and put more upright? I’m mortified as lots of little birds love going in amongst the twisted branches I don’t want to chop it down if I can salvage it 

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,568
    That looks like a Kilmarnock willow to me.  In my experience they are short lived and can just die suddenly for no apparent reason.

    However, if yours is still growing well and pleases you I suggest you put a post in to prop it up under the thicker part of those knotted branches to prevent it leaning any further over and thus dislodging its roots and thus its supply of water and nutrients.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Kez1980Kez1980 Posts: 71
    Thank you for your reply we have had this tree I’d say around 18 years so maybe it’s come to the the end of its life it hasn’t got lots of fresh growth but has lots of dead wood branches that are brown in colour and just snap off 
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,568
    Maybe time to dig it out and enjoy a planting opportunity then.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Kez1980Kez1980 Posts: 71
    As a matter of fact I have been looking at the possibility of planting a new tree,possibly a laburnum but not sure yet
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,568
    Really?  Laburnums have a very short flowering period and then look rather dull most or the year and the seeds are poisonous so not good if you have dogs or small kids around.

    I'd look at small trees with a longer season of interest - winter bark colour or texture, spring foliage colour, blossom, berries, autumn foliage, wildlife food and shelter..........

    Your choice obviously but have a look at this RHS page first - https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=117 
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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