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MollyMay
Jun 6, 2020 9:38 AM CST
I planted a pussy willow bush last fall. It did great through our MI winter and I had little catkins this spring. Then we got a frost, I don't know if this was the cause but all my leaves have fallen from the bush. I do have some live leaves at base of bush. Not sure what happened and just don't know what to do now to save my bush. Advice would be greatly appreciated.
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oneeyeluke
Jun 7, 2020 2:09 AM CST
Take your thumb nail and scratch the bark and try to find green. I you scratch and only find brown then take your pruners and cut off everything that is brown until you hit green then stop. The rocks next to the plants trunk will collect heat from the sun and dry out your plant out faster. Remove the stones out to the drip line, and replace with native mulch to better manage heat and water.
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MollyMay
Jun 7, 2020 1:25 PM CST
Oneeyeluke,
Thank you so much for your advice. I've done everything you suggested, I moved rock too. I wanted to save this bush and I feel confident it will survive!
Thanks again.
MollyMay

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