My poor new willow is struggling
I'm a little worried about my new willow tree. I'm hoping for some advice.
If you remember, I was given the tree, practically torn out of the ground, as you can see in the pic. I planted it immediately, and watered it thourough.
Now, there are some very tiny leaves growing low on the branches, all the tops of the branches are bare. I don't know whether to leave it as is, or prune the tops of the branches away.
The tree looks poorly at the moment, and I'd like to do as much as I can to help it along. I visit it and talk to it every day, sometimes several times a day, and give it some encouragement. But apart from being social with it, I'm wondering should I be doing anything else? It gets plenty of rain, I put compost under it, .. my other trees around it are doing fantastically. I have a feeling it's due to the poor roots, needing to get a foothold into the ground.
If anyone has any suggestions, they are more than welcome!