Willow Trees

Finding Solace under Willow Trees

The beauty and functionality of willow trees has been enjoyed by the human race since well, the human race begun! Praised in great works of literature, adored for the solitude garnered from this wonderful tree, willows are some of the most popular of all trees planted around the world. Many of the worlds most-treasured willow trees are found in the wonderful country of Australia. It seems that the people in the ‘Land Down Under’ knew that this species of tree would be a very special one and planted the island with thousands of young trees in an effort to beautify and serve as erosion-control. Australia is full of water-courses and many of these are now protected by the strong, mature roots of the willow. Australia now sees the willows as a nuisance and invasive-species, and is controlling the trees through controlled-cutting and burnings. It seems that too much of a good thing is always replaceable.

Many people find solace under willow trees and speak lovingly of this gentle, living, organism. Regardless of the problem with invasive-action, individuals around the world, especially the garden types, still plant the trees all around watery areas, in an effort to control the loss of banks from erosion. The next time a walk around the park is called for, count how many trees line the banks of the streams and the creeks around the park. An estimation of worldwide willow tree populations sits at 1 tree for every 4 acres of publicly-owned and managed parks. The willows are sources of fun and excitement for so many people in the world and should be managed effectively, always.

Of course this is always contingent upon the country, the demographics of that country, and the ability to adequately, either promulgate or remove willow trees, as seen fit. In the United States, willow trees are seen as a gift and are virtually everywhere, including residences in major cities and more rural areas. The roots of willows grow wide and can spread very rapidly in an effort to seek out water. Homeowners with French drains, septic systems, ceramic-tile structures, storm drains, or other designs of sewer systems, have reported that the roots of willows are busting through and cracking and destroying these units of waste-water management.

There is no simple fix to this and those that have willows adjacent to their property need to realize that the roots will seek out the most-natural or man-made water source readily available. There is no stopping this as the amount of water a 4 foot willow tree gulps down in one day is equivalent to a tub full of H2O! This means that no amount of water and will curb the appetite for water enough so that the roots do not actively seek out the required amount of water intake. The best bet is to plant trees always, far away from the home and or sewer systems, and enjoy the solace that can be found, under the willow trees.



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