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Question: I have two Weeping Willows that have grown to about 15-20 feet high but they have not leafed out yet this year. I have put Miracle Grow fertilizer stakes in the ground and still no luck. They get good water and sun. Please help! Thanks!

Answer: I think it's a little early to worry too much about your trees. Sometimes spring weather is cool enough to retard their leafing out. If your trees looked healthy going into the winter, and if it wasn't brutally cold or extremely wet, they should be okay. Give them a few more weeks. If you still see nothing, you can test a few of the branches for live material by scraping the bark with your thumbnail. Green material beneath the bark means it is still alive; brown material indicates it is dead. Let's hope your trees made it through the winter!

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