My first post in gardening.
A year ago, we just got this first new home and it is about 2.5 acres. I love trees, especially older trees. We have a few trees but want to plant more trees and my boys love the willow trees. The local Lowes sell Willows for 50.0 dollars each, 5 gallons size. Cost too much for our budget. Eventually I will use these tree branched to make rustic furnitures. However, after researching on line one article say that a willow branch can be cut off, the bottom third stripped of bark and then planted and will grow.
I am skeptical of this and if anyone can enlighten me on this I'd appreciate it.
As far as I know willows propagate by broken branches floating downstream and taking root.
Just remember their roots can infiltrate water mains, when you decide where to plant.You might want to start seedlings from branches in pots, so they're easy to water and protect until they take hold.
I've seen a willow branch cut off and pushed deep into the mud - it works! Water thoroughly!
It's mostly done in spring when the willows are pollarded, but you could try it now too.
Just ask a neighbor with willows if you may cut a few little branches off. Many trees even shed small living branches naturally, such as during a storm.