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How to Transplant Wild Dogwood Trees

How to Transplant Wild Dogwood Trees

How to Transplant Wild Dogwood Trees. Transplanting wild dogwoods (Cornus Florida) can be tricky. They are not always transplant friendly, but it is not impossible. It takes time and about a year from finding the right tree to actually transplanting it in your yard. Dogwoods are a cross between a big shrub and a small tree. It grows to a height of...

Transplanting wild dogwoods (Cornus Florida) can be tricky. They are not always transplant friendly, but it is not impossible. It takes time and about a year from finding the right tree to actually transplanting it in your yard. Dogwoods are a cross between a big shrub and a small tree. It grows to a height of 20 feet. The flowers are not just one big bloom, but several small flowers. The dogwoods prefer to grow in the shade.
Things You'll Need
Spade
Water
Compost
Leaves or straw
Find a wild dogwood tree. The ideal tree should be 1 inch or less in diameter. These are the easiest to transplant.
Root-prune the dogwood tree during the winter months when the tree is dormant. To do this, insert a spade into the ground at least 6 to 12 inches away from the trunk. You need to get as many roots as you can. Do this all the way around the tree but do not remove the dirt or the tree.
Leave the tree alone for one year. This will allow feeder roots to form, providing a better start for the tree when you transplant it to its new location.
Dig a hole where you want to transplant your new wild dogwood. Make it twice the width as what you need, but keep the depth the same as the tree you are going to plant. Fill the hole with water and allow to drain naturally while you dig out the root-pruned tree.
Amend the soil that you removed from the hole with compost.
Dig the wild dogwood out of the ground with a spade. Try to keep as much of the soil intact as you can.
Plant the wild dogwood tree into the ground as soon as possible. Make sure to plant the wild dogwood to the same depth as it was growing.
Fill in the hole with soil mixed with compost. Tamp the soil down around the tree to remove any air pockets. Water the site thoroughly and then mulch with a layer of leaves, or straw.

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