Willowy Young Willow Trees...?

We planted some willow trees a few months back. They are now about 3-4 high. The problem is that the trunks are so thin and willowy, they are forming a bow shape, and the leafy branches are folding over to the ground.
We did have some wood stakes and wire guards around them to protect them from our mutts knocking into them. But now, without the supports, the trunks would form a half-circle.
I know you're not supposed to support stems of plants, or they can't stand on their own, but we figured these willows would stand on their own when their trunks got large enough. We don't want mishapen trees.
Any solutions, or is this normal?
Blujay
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It's normal, but I would still lightly stake them because they look better that way and won't get in the way of the lawn mower.
On Tue, 29 Jul 2003 18:13:45 -0400, Bluejay

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Thanks for the answer. They had us worried. It was that the other types of trees we planted at the same time are so straight.
As for the lawnmower, I can control the riding mower. I cannot control those canine hooligans of mine. : )
Thanks again.
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