Is this trouble? (possible weeping willow)

melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)July 23, 2014

A few years ago, the landlord next door planted a small tree in their front yard. It's gotten large enough, now, that the branches were overhanging our side yard fence. We decided to remove the ones that overhung because we are using the side yard more lately (painting the house and staining the fence). Which got us to looking more closely at the tree...

My DH thought it looked like a weeping willow, and we can see one very large surface root that is headed toward their front yard water spigot.

Can you tell from these pics if it's a weeping willow? If it is, I'm worried about our water main as it's close enough to the tree to be a target.

This post was edited by melle_sacto on Wed, Jul 23, 14 at 15:49

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That is exactly what that is.
Weeping Willow.
They do sell something you can use to discourage tree roots from attacking water lines. Usually its the older clay water lines you have to worry about.
Trees are opportunists, so they don't crack your lines and then crawl in, there has to be a crack already, which is more common in older water pipes that aren't PVC.
So you don't have to panic, and the next time you are at HD or Lowes, see if they sell the stuff to use to discourage tree roots from growing near the lines.
A professional tree person I once talked to, said it really worked, so just buy some.
Then you won't have to worry about your lines.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 4:01PM
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melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)

Thank you! I think weeping willows are pretty trees but it's not what I would have planted in the smallish front yard.

I am worried about the water lines because occasionally we receive notices from our water company that other homes in the neighborhood's water lines are failing and that if we don't want to incur a major expense we should sign up for their insurance.

I'll look for the product, is it some type of chemical?

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 4:23PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

You can use cuttings of that tree to encourage other cuttings to root. It puts out a hormone in water that makes cuttings of anything root, so if you want basil cuttings to root, stick a willow cutting in the water with it....

Make lemonade from lemons.......

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 2:08PM
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melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)

desertdance -- interesting that you mention this; I often have pothos cuttings rooted in water for precisely this purpose. I *just* rooted a Thai basil :-) And I also am using "pothos water" to water some rosemary cuttings in-ground, in hopes they will also strike!

    Bookmark   July 25, 2014 at 3:23AM
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napapen(ca 15)

remember if you have a lawn you water it will move there also. Willows look for water and this is an expecially lean year. We had one planted on the edge of our property far from the house. It was slowly moving toward the well and house. It is gone. Penny

    Bookmark   July 27, 2014 at 12:14PM
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melle_sacto(Z9/Sunset 14 CA)

We only have a small backyard lawn. In the front yard, the area I water is pretty far from the willow; the part of our yard that is close to the neighbor I don't give supplemental water (I think everything must be getting by on what the neighbor uses to water their lawn).

Evenso, I'm going to look into the product that will deter the roots that might come toward my home.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 1:41AM
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