Strengthening river banks
I purchased an old Blacksmiths 5 years ago which sits on the banks of a river in west Yorkshire and the person we bought the house from cut down trees that were on the banking. A stupid thing to do I know as trees are there to strengthen river banks.
Anyway I tried on several ocassions to get advice from so called gardeners but their ideas were from staking netting to pile driving and no one suggested the planting of willows.
It was a nightmare trying to get hold of willows so I decided to take cuttings from willows that were already on the river bank and basically put them in a bucket of water. (How difficult could this be?) After a few weeks they started to root and after about 5 weeks decided to plant them on the banking. This was last year around July and I know that Willows do need to be planted around March time as the growth period is March/April - October. Around 40 were planted and all have taken.
40 is a little too many but I had no idea which would take and which wouldn't.
I am sure that I will have to remove a few of them.
As we live by the river we don't want these grow to great heights.
Can anyway give me advice on how and what I should do?