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We have a five year old Weeping Cherry tree that we think may be in trouble. There doesn't seem t be an new limb development and the leaves are sparse,  and tend to grow only on the ends of branches. A few may be dropping off.  Is there any thing that can stimulate the leaf and limb development??  Your help is greatly appreciated.  RL

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I would try fertilizing it with 10-10-10 fertilizer at the rate of 1 lb. of fertilizer per inch of trunk diameter scattered around the tree and watered in good. IF you apply the fertilizer just before a rain storm you will not have to water. Also make sure that a product called Weed and Feed is not used near the tree. This contains a herbicide that will kill trees. The fertilizer will stimulate root growth and in turn leaf production.
Willow trees need more water than most trees so during dry periods I would water the tree. Use 1 inch of water per week--place a pan under the tree and turn the sprinkler on and when the pan has 1 inch of water in it stop.  

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I am an expert in Forestry, Forest Entomology, Forest Pest Control, and Forest Health. Extensive knowledge in Identification of insects and diseases of trees. Expert on Bark beetles and other insects that attack forests. Also a Registrated Forester with extensive knowledge in the management and care of forests.

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