Dogwood Tree - Knowledgebase Question

Conway, So
Question by grinner72
November 2, 2009
I have a dogwood tree that i want to move. When would be a good time and are there anything special that I should do when planting the tree. It's about 10' tall...Thanks Shirley


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Answer from NGA
November 2, 2009

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You should be successful with the move if you dig and transplant your dogwood this winter while it is dormant. Expect the roots to venture out at least as far as the longest branches and be concentrated in the top 12-18 inches of soil. It's okay to sever some of the feeder roots but try to keep the majority of the roots intact when you dig. I find it easier to dig after a rainfall, when the soil is moist. If no rain arrives, deeply soak the area the day before the move. When you transplant, dig a hole just as deep but slightly wider than the rootmass, then place a mound of soil in the bottom of the hole so the roots can drape over it in a natural fashion. Backfill and tamp the soil down, then water well to settle everything. The goal is to have the tree planted at the same soil level as it was growing before the move. Best wishes with your dogwood tree!

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