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    question about white dogwood trees

    We just planted 3 weeks ago a white dogwood tree. We followed all the directions on the tag that came with the tree. I made a flower bed around it and mulched it like it said. The leaves have budded out and opened, but now the leaves are turning brown on the tips of the leaves like it's dying.
    I live in south MS and we've had alot of rain and it's been cooler than what it usually is in April. IF anyone has any suggestions, I would really appreciate it. I've never planted a dogwood before.

    thanks for listening

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    Oak
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    RE: question about white dogwood trees

    Do a soil test. Dogwoods like soil on the acidic side. Is the site well-drained? How close is the flower bed to the rootball? I wouldn't recommend putting a flower bed around a newly planted tree as they both will compete for water and nutrients and you want to give the tree every advantage you can. Have you fertilized those flowers in the bed? Because if you did, the tree may be reacting negatively to the fertilizer. Trees should not be fertilized unless a specific nutrient is needed and you won't know that unless you do a soil test.

    All that said, did the nursery give you any sort of guarantee? Have you called them to see what they say about the curling leaves?

    Good luck,
    Jules
    --Jules

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    RE: question about white dogwood trees

    I only watered the plants in the flower bed with miracle grow. I haven't fertilized the tree yet. I will check on the soil though. yes the site is well drained
    I didn't buy this particular tree, it was gave to us. I think it was bought at Wal-Mart.

    Also, the flower bed is good size around the tree. THe only flowers that are in it are 4 small clusters of periwinkle and 2 clusters of mexican heather. They are not right beside the tree either.

    Maybe this helps, with more information

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    Oak
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    RE: question about white dogwood trees

    FYI, MiracleGro IS fertilizer. But since it sounds like tree and flower bed are not all that close, maybe the tree is just undergoing some transplant stress. Still, I would do that soil test. It’s also possible that if the tree was purchased at Wal-Mart that it was originally growing in a different climate and is having a tough time adjusting to your cool rainy spell. It probably would be nice if the tree could have some time to dry out. But you can’t really control that.

    Could it be planted too deep? The root flare sould be an inch or two ABOVE grade, certainly no deeper.

    How did the roots look when planted? Was it a burlap ball or a container? If you were able to inspect the rootball, did it seem that the roots were contained within the surrounding soil? (That would be good.) Or was the tree pot-bound (bad) with roots that might have needed loosening or trimming to get them going?

    Oh, one more thing: the mulch should not be touching the trunk. Push it away if it is.

    Hope this helps.
    --Jules

    A TREE GROWER'S DIARY
    “There is just as much beauty in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate, not a grain more.”
    —Henry David Thoreau

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    RE: question about white dogwood trees

    i know miracle grow is fertilizer. I meant I just watered it one time with it.
    I haven't put any other fertilizer. maybe i just didn't make myself clear.

    the mulch is not touching the trunk, the roots were in a container, they looked fine

    I tested my soil and it's way to alkaline for this tree. around 8.0

    WHat I need to know now is how to I get it to acid without hurting the tree? I think that's the main problem

    I have to test today for the other things like nitrogen, phosphorous & phostas.

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    Oak
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    RE: question about white dogwood trees

    There is no really good way to lower the pH and keep it down, except to replace the soil or add large amounts of organic matter. Adding sulphur might help in the short run, but that's not going to solve the problem in the end, as you will be fighting against nature. It's always best to plant a tree where the soil composition is right for it.

    That said, now that a few days have passed since you first posted, how are things looking? Is the tree worse now? You could call an arborist in. Or call a local nursery for advice.

    The soil around my dogwood is also not quite right. The tree was planted by the previous owner as a sapling and I understand he always applied bone meal to the tree every spring and fall. The tree thrived while they lived here. Then I came in and never applied anything, until now, when the tree suddenly is showing signs of all sorts of little (and not so little) problems.

    Well, anyway, good luck to you. I hope your little tree will make it!
    --Joolz
    --Jules

    A TREE GROWER'S DIARY
    “There is just as much beauty in the landscape as we are prepared to appreciate, not a grain more.”
    —Henry David Thoreau

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    RE: question about white dogwood trees

    I was also told to apply bone meal.

    Right now the local co-op suggested that I put
    aluminum sulphate to change the ph in the soil.
    If I can get the leaves to come back healthy, I guess
    I'm just going to have to keep a check on the soil.

    Oh I forgot to tell you the trees leaves are looking worse.
    They are getting dry now and the small leaves that are just budding
    are wilting.
    I hope this works.

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