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British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2, 2017 1:22 PM CST
My mother-in-law has a pink dogwood tree in her garden. She has lived in her home for 30 years so the tree is at least that age.
Her fences were recently replaced and to make room for a new post the workers cut through a large tree root (diameter of about 1 1/2 inches).
We live in British Columbia and as far as I can remember this tree typically starts to lose it's leaves in September. This year it started to lose it's leaves in July. It has been a very hot summer this year but we are watering it well.
Will the tree die because of the large root that was cut?
Thanks very much.
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Aug 2, 2017 1:27 PM CST
Dogwoods have a shallow root system, I would just keep it well watered and not fertilize it.
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Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
Aug 3, 2017 2:13 AM CST
crawgarden said:Dogwoods have a shallow root system, I would just keep it well watered and not fertilize it.

I have several dogwoods and on a very few occasions have had to cut a root. They have many roots. My experience is they recover well and general lawn fertilization around them is sufficient.

British Columbia, Canada
Aug 3, 2017 12:51 PM CST
Thank you for your responses.
That is encouraging to hear that they recover well!

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