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Grifton, NC
Refinnej6983
Jun 3, 2018 3:59 PM CST
Two months ago, my husband and I bought a dogwood tree. We have sandy soil. We planted the tree and the leaves have been drying out and turning brown. I tried watering it every day and it didn't help. I tried watering it once a week and that didn't help. My husband took it out of the bucket and put it straight into the grown. What can we do to fix our tree? I read the root ball should have been broken before planting and he didn't do that. Should we dig it back up and break the root ball?

Thanks!!
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 3, 2018 4:27 PM CST
Welcome!

Did your tree come with a burlap wrapper? Was the tree already leafed out? Was the tree in a fiber pot? Dogwoods are very sensitive to root trauma and transplant shock. It is advisable to plant them when they are dormant and not disturb the burlap or peat pot, whichever it came in. It might be that your sandy soil is not staying damp enough. When you say you watered every day, did you let the water soak down for awhile? The entire root ball plus the soil below it needs to be damp. In my sandy soil, that could take 1/2 hr. of watering with a hose running slowly.

Don't dig it up but do make sure the soil stays damp down into the root zone.
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Grifton, NC
Refinnej6983
Jun 5, 2018 3:49 PM CST
How often do I water it with the slow drip method?
Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Jun 5, 2018 4:59 PM CST
I don't know what kind of soil you have. The idea is to keep the root zone and soil just below that always damp. And also the temperture. If its warm and your soil is sandy (that would be my soil and weather), then you will be watering every couple days. If your soil is more clay like, it might be once a week. Test the soil with your hand trowel to see how deep the water has gone and how damp the soil stays.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost

President: Orchid Society of Northern Nevada
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