why my dogwood wont' stay alive - Knowledgebase Question

Alexandria, Ke
Question by msw1
May 25, 2010
I have a white dogwood, we planted it 2 weeks ago and already it is dieing. We have 5 altogether and it looks like we may lose 2. Can you tell me what to do to help the others?

Answer from NGA
May 25, 2010


It's normal for newly planted landscape trees and shrubs to go through a little transplant shock. They usually adjust within 3-4 weeks and begin to recover. The best thing to do after planting is to water your new trees on a regular basis. Try making waterin basins or water wells beneath each tree by mounding up a few inches of soil all around, about 12" away from the trunk of the tree. Fill the basin with water, allow to drain, then fill a second time. Watering in this way concentrates the moisture directly over the rootmass and allows it to trickle down, wetting the entire root system. Water once a week. I think you'll see some improvement in your dogwoods as soon as the roots re-establish themselves. Best wishes with your new dogwoods.

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