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    dogwood anthracnose

    What can I do to keep my white, flowering dogwood safe?
    Dogwoods in the area (Maryland / D.C.) are being killed by what I think is anthracnose.

    Any suggestions?

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    Oak
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    RE: dogwood anthracnose

    Try to keep your tree as healthy as possible. Mulch, good deep watering, do a soil test to see if the soil is slightly acidic. If not, you might consider fertilizing in spring and fall with bone meal. If you notice anything out of the ordinary on the tree, research a treatment as soon as you can. If there are nearby dogwoods that are sick, talk to the owners about disposing of the fallen leaves as soon as possible, and keeping the pruned twigs and branches away from other trees. (Tree parts should not be composted or cut into mulch or anything. They should be disposed of in the trash.) Keeping your tree otherwise healthy is your best defense.

    Good luck! And while you're still reading, please pray for my sick dogwood!
    --Jules
    --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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