If you are considering planting a dogwood tree in your garden or yard, you will have to know all about the care the tree requires. The dogwood is a beautiful type of tree that blooms lovely pink flowers. They are an ideal tree to use in landscaping or in your garden due to their exquisite beauty.
Make sure you purchase your dogwood tree from a local nursery you know has a good reputation. This will ensure that you are getting your money's worth in obtaining a healthy tree. The root system will be in a ball and should be moist so that the roots will have the ability to get sustenance while the tree is in transport.
Dogwood trees thrive best in shady locations with slightly acidic soil that is moist and full of nutrients. When you plant the tree, you will have to make sure that it is in a spot that receives a good deal of shade. Keep it away from the surfaces of any building, even garages, which are normally cool. It should not come into contact with anything hot or that can conduct heat. You will also have to keep the soil in its bed moist, especially during droughts and dry seasons, as dogwoods do not do well during times of extreme heat and dryness.
As for the best time to plant your dogwood tree, early spring and early fall are the ideal times to do so. Planting should always be done when the air still has a slight crisp bite to it, not overly so, but prior to the new growth of early spring or after the growing season is over. The ground being somewhat moist is a good help and conducive to the growth of the tree. Planting a dogwood is basically the same as planting any other tree. Make sure to dig a hole that is at least three times as wide as the diameter of its root ball. Allow the roots to sit just slightly exposed from the soil's surface for maximum results, and make sure the soil does not become compact.
Once planted, make sure to move the tree as gently and carefully as you can so that the root system can just peer out from the soil. This will enable the roots to get a good grab on the earth. Backfill the tree bed by positioning the soil over the root ball just enough, and add peat moss and compost materials, which dogwoods need to thrive. You may want to also lay a few stones around the tree to keep it properly positioned. Tamp the soil down firmly, but use gentle pressure so that it doesn't become compact.
Give your newly-planted tree a generous amount of watering, completely filling the trench in which it is planted. You will have to periodically do this if your area doesn't receive rain. Apply stakes around the tree's bed to keep it supported. Make sure they are deep enough into the dirt, and add a wire around as added protection for your dogwood.
With these guidelines, you will have a gorgeous dogwood to admire in your very own yard.