How To Plant And Care For A Dogwood Tree

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We planted a dogwood in celebration of our son's birth, but a year later it died. We tried to plant it in a partial shade location and watered it according to instructions. Any suggestions?

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Answer #2 · Kyle Henne's Answer · Great help! It is in a low spot, and we have a lot of clay in our soil. So, poor draining may have impacted its demise. It leafed out well in the spring and didn't decline till the last month. We've had heavy rains off and on between some sunny, hot days. We may try a different type of tree to replant in celebration of our son. We'll have another chance with boy #2 coming in September, too!



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Maple Tree · Gardenality Genius · Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F
Congratulations on the number 2 boy coming. I know building a new house can be frustrating at times but hopefully you are enjoying most of the build and getting in your new landscaping. Just think, if you are not in a hurry to get all the landscape finished now it won't be long before you will have more help with two sons. Hopefully Gardenality will be not only be helpful but a lot of fun for you in planning your gardens and/or answering any questions you have. Very possible the poor draining clay soil was a problem for the dogwood. Continually wet soil may have caused root rot or suffocation not allowing it to take up water, oxygen, and nutrients it needed. This soil will be a problem for many shrubs and trees if it holds too much water. There are articles in gardenality that will help you with amending a clay soil. The plant search can also be a lot of help in finding plants you may be interested in for your new landscaping. You can click on the 'Plants' tab above and put in your hardiness zone, sun exposure, plant type, flower and foliage color desired, height and width, and many other attributes you may want in a plant, groundcover, or tree. Putting in these attributes will give you plant files showing pictures and characteristics of plants that will meet your needs. Its a great way to keep a list of plants you may be interesting in or to look at when visiting your local nurseries. Please don't hesitate to ask any questions you may have.

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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Kyle-Its hard to tell what may have caused your dogwood to die. There are several reasons why it may not have survived. They aren't the eaiest of trees for many to grow but in the right location, well drained soil, and proper watering they can do fine. Most of the dogwoods are hardy to zone 5. Possibly you are in an area that received extremely low temperatures last winter during the so called arctic freeze. You being in hardiness zone 5b temperatures in your area may have been extremely low causing harm to your young tree. Too much water can be a real killer of the dogwood. Periods of abundant rain or over watering could have cause root rot or other problems with disease that could easily kill the tree. If the soil is not well draining, possibly clay soil, too much water may have been held causing problems. Of course too little water when trying to develop a new root system may cause the tree's death also. Watering daily with sprinklers may not be enought water to consistantly moisten the entire root ball. Soil should be kept moist but never wet. Deep watering of the tree should be done at times especially in the warmer months to make sure soil is moistened to the root balls depth. Planting the tree too deep can also cause death in time as the smothering of roots with too much moisture and little oxygen can suffocate the tree. Sometimes it is easy to plant a bare root dogwood tree to deeply. Many times additional soil is packed up against the trunk and above the root ball before wraping and tying the burlap or other fabric around the root ball. This is done for extra support of the tree in shipping or moving around before planting. If the tree is planted level with this additional soil it will be planted to deep. Any additional soil above the upper most roots in the root ball should be removed before planting. What time of the year was the tree planted? Did the tree leaf out well in the spring and then decline from there or did the tree never leaf out in the spring after planting it the year before? Did you notice any discoloration such as yellowing then browing of the leaves before dying?

I noted a link to an article on how to plant a dogwood tree. The article may help point toward something that may help you with a reason your tree may not have survived. It will give you some planting tips that may help you if you are going to plant another tree and hopefully with much more success. Just click on the link below to go directly to the article.

Hopefully this has helped. Please ask if you have any other questions.


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