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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the difference between Willows and Poplars?
A. Willows have a smooth bark and long thin leave and grow like a hedge. Poplars have a ridged bark with large leaves and grow more akin to a tree.


Q. What are the differences between Rooted and Unrooted trees (setts)?
A. Unrooted trees are "stick-like" in appearance, which self-root themselves. Rooted trees are one year old trees which are single stemed which have started to develop a loose root system (opposed to rootballed, which are roots contained within soil).


Q. Are the Willows and Poplars evergreen?
A. No, they are deciduous (drop their leaves). However, they still create a screen in the winter months, which is comprised of a dense woody mass of branches. This is achieved by cutting back the trees, to make their growth denser/thicker the following season.


Q. How far and when should I cut my trees back?
A Willows: The best time to cutback is when the trees are dormant, which is autumn through to early spring. It is not advisable to cut in early summer as any new-growth produced will not mature enough to survive the coming winter. The Willows can be cut as severely as required, leaving a minimum of 3-4 inches of growth. (Poplars have a different growth pattern)
Poplars: These are ideally left to mature into a tree, but can be pollarded (cut back) if desired.


Q. Why should I buy the 6-8ft rooted trees and cut them back to 2ft opposed to buying the 4-6ft rooted trees and cut them back to the 2ft?
A. The 6-8ft rooted is a more vigorous grower and by cutting them back to 2ft, their growth is stimulated. Therefore allowing them to grow thicker and denser.


Q. How long do I leave the spiral rabbit guards on for?
A. The guards should be left on while protection is required from rabbits, but can be remain on for the life of the tree, as they will grow and expand with it. Rabbit Guards are not suitable for 1ft cuttings.


Q. My poplar leaves have a yellow-orange residue?
A. This could be rust, which tends to appear in August (weather dependent). If the disease is caught in time it can be treated with a fungicide. If not the leaves are likely to drop off early, but there should not be any long-term damage, although close observation of the leaves the following season is advisable.


Q. Can I buy all year round?
A. Unfortunately not. As our trees are not containerised, they cannot be transplanted during their growing season i.e. the summer months.