John, I planted some dappled willow cuttings the last two years. Growth on my sand even with black plastic is slower than others experience. I know you told me to cut them back after the first year to stimulate new growth but I chickened out last spring. So now that I have one and two year olds growing what do you recommend as far as cutting them back or not? I feel like cutting some of the "weaker" ones but struggle with the thought of cutting back any that are now 2-3 foot tall. Will cutting the weaker ones be a death sentence for them?