Why is my weeping willow dying?

Asked July 11, 2014, 10:32 AM EDT

I have weeping willow tree in my yard and it is dying. I have planted snow on the mountain around it a couple of years ago and a couple of ladies were walking by and commented that the snow on the maintain was causing the tree to die. Can you tell me if that is true?

St. Louis County Minnesota

1 Response

It's unlikely that snow on the mountain would be responsible for the decline of your weeping willow. These trees can be host to quite a few insect invaders as you can see from this publication from the U of M: http://www.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/plant/deciduous/willow/leavesholes.html

Weeping willow can also be host to a lot of different diseases as you can see in the article from the Univ. of Florida. http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/st576

As you can see, you may need to get out your magnifying glass and hunt for clues. Good luck.