Young Kousa Dogwood Problem

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Young Kousa Dogwood Problem

Post by walterrep » Tue Aug 13, 2013 7:17 pm

I planted two Kousa dogwoods last fall on an elevated mound at the edge of the woods.They receive 6 hours of sun/day. Since late spring one of the trees leaves' are drooping and some of the lower leaves have turned brown. I have a sprinkler system but it has been used very rarely due to all the rain this summer. I installed a short french drain under the root ball this summer to drain away any standing water. I did not see any standing water. Any ideas? Will organic fertilizer help or hurt the situation?
I live in Richmond.

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Re: Young Kousa Dogwood Problem

Post by lorijones » Thu Aug 29, 2013 11:30 am

What prompted you to install a French drain under the one tree? Was there standing water at the time? This seems like it could be a root problem due to "wet feet". Beware of overwatering these trees with a sprinkler system. They live very well in nature with NO artificial watering. Hopefully the tree will recover and be healthier next season. It may just need longer to establish. Fertilize with Espoma Holly-tone according to the label directions. This organic fertilizer will certainly help the tree. Do this now and again in the spring.

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