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Question by richiecarol
June 25, 2010
when i plant the dogwood what would be the watering schedule. p.s. this year was my 1st. year i started planting and with all of your help i'm batting about 95%, everything looks great. thanks again

Answer from NGA
June 25, 2010
I'm glad you're having so much success! We're happy to help so feel free to ask a question anytime. I wish there were an easy answer to your question about watering your dogwood. In general, landscape trees and shrubs are happy with about an inch of water per week, applied slowly so it soaks the entire root system. How often you need to water really depends upon your soil type and the weather.

Your new tree should be planted as soon as possible. Dig a hole the same depth and slightly wider than the nursery pot and rough up all the soil in the hole. Then unpot your tree and set it in the hole, backfilling with the soil you took out of the hole. The tree should be at the same soil level as it was growing in the pot. Water it well to help settle the soil and then make a watering basin or watering well by mounding up a few inches of soil all around the tree, about 12 inches out from the trunk. Plan to water deeply once each week during the growing season by filling the well with water, allowing it to drain, and then filling it a second time. This will concentrate the moisture directly over the root mass and allow it to trickle down, wetting the entire root system.

Best wishes with your dogwood tree!

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