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chelseasf
May 30, 2020 6:41 AM CST
My dogwood tree is under 2 years old. The flowers look great but the whole thing is leaning over - I guess it is top-heavy. I didn't prune it last fall and that was probably a mistake! Any suggestions? Thank you.
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oneeyeluke
May 31, 2020 3:26 AM CST
Just steak it at this point and when winter gets here you can prune it heavy then. Don't prune it now during the plants growing season.
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BigBill
May 31, 2020 5:35 AM CST
If it hasn't fully established, I would partially expose the root ball. I would use a long handled shovel as a lever and get it upright once again. Then backfill with soil.
Then once it is upright, then stake it.

I wouldn't be pruning a young tree like that. It could really lead to more problems when you can easily straighten it.
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chelseasf
May 31, 2020 6:45 AM CST
Thanks (for the conflicting views, haha). It seems straight from the root, just bends more in the top half. Tough call.
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BigBill
May 31, 2020 6:56 AM CST
It may have been planted a bit crooked and in a years time, it looks much worse. I just figured that if that is the case and it gets straightened, it might improve without pruning.
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chelseasf
May 31, 2020 7:34 AM CST
Logical assumption - I'll look at it again to make sure!

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