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Question: What can I do to help a newly planted Dogwood survive in Austin, TX? I have heard that coffee grounds are good to help raise the soil's acidity level. I have planted it in a spot that should have morning sun and filtered afternoon sun. I added some acidified multch when I planted it. Any other advise would be most helpful.

Answer: Mark,

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

To make a dogwood at home it helps to first work a lot of sand and peat moss into a large area of soil which is impractical. I suggest you keep the soil well aerated and water it enough to keep the soil moist but not soggy wet. Using fertilizers for acid loving plants, such as Miracid and azalea/camellia food, is a good idea. Coffee ground are fine too. Your soils are high pH and very buffered so they are not likely to change toward acidic very readily.

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