The Dogwood is most commonly found growing under the canopy of larger trees of the forest, in a well drained and fertile soil. Following are some tips for planting that will help you create a favorable atmosphere for your Dogwood tree.
1. Plant the tree in a site that will be shaded from the hot afternoon sun.
2. Never plant in a wet area.
3. Dig the hole 1½ to 2 times wider than the root ball.
4. Use a loose organic soil...
5. When placing the tree in the hole be sure the top of the ball is approximately 1 to 3 inches higher than the existing lawn surface.
6. Add a couple inches of soil to the hole and straighten the tree. Leave the burlap
on the ball: it will decompose. Cut and remove any twine that is wrapped around
the trunk. Continue to fill with prepared soil (cover the top of the ball with
no more than 1 inch of soil -
7. Water the plant slowly and thoroughly!! (Rule-
8. Mulch the soil with pine needles, or oak bark, or leaves. Apply mulch 2 to 3 inches deep. Mulching keeps the soil moist near the surface, where dogwood roots are most active.