Questions about Willow Planting and Drying for Winter Storage

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HTAcres

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I forget if I mentioned rose prunings. A favorite with my rabbits. And yes, I was worried about the thorns but it appeared I had no reason to do so. They eat the flowers as well.
 

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I live in a very dry area so when we plant weeping willows, we microirrigate it. Simple and relatively inexpensive and they grow like crazy then.
That's a good point. I was thinking I should irrigate it for the first couple years to help it get a really good root system, and longer if it seems they need it in the place I have to put them. They sure love water! One summer when we had extreme heat for this area we watered the ones we have near our garden, and they did very well that year. Seems like a good investment to help increase the 'crop yield'.

I have a white mulberry that volunteered. My experience is that the rabbits like it fresh okay but not nearly as much as they like the willow. However, they go after it dry as fast as they do the dry willow. I just pruned the tree and put the branches in feed bags and that worked but as I said earlier, I live in a very dry area.
Thanks for sharing! That is interesting to know about the two trees. Rabbits can be so particular!
 

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I periodically cut a 6 inch long piece of a pencil-thick cherry branch for my rabbits. They usually consume the whole thing. Never noticed any issues.
 

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