Answer: Dogwoods are not terribly heavy feeders, but they do require an acid soil that is rich in humus and is evenly moist yet well drained. You might want to run some basic soil tests and see what soil amendments or fertilizer (if any) you need to add for the tree. Your county extension (349-1247) should be able to help you with the tests and interpreting the results. In the meantime, you could give it a slow release fertilizer formulated for acid loving plants such as Hollytone, being careful to follow the label instructions. The most important thing is to keep your tree watered if needed so the soil is moist but not sopping wet, and mulched year round with several inches of organic mulch such as shredded bark applied so it covers the root zone but does not actually contact the trunk of the tree.
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