|This sapling will have morning shade from the trees and house to the east of it.|
|Our daffodils are in full bloom.|
Next the smaller the sapling the more chance of success you will have. I would not recommend much more than a good inch in diameter for the thickness of the trunk and smaller is better. Dogwood trees are shallow rooted but still you need the largest root ball you can maneuver. Prepare the hole you are transferring into by measuring the depth and width of the root ball and planting it exactly even to the ground. You also would be wise to break up the soil at the bottom and sides of the hole to help the new roots grow into the new spot.
My last tip is to mark the tree before you remove it from it's original spot so you can place it into the new hole with it's sides all facing the same directions they previously were facing. The tree we moved today was on the south side of the house. I marked the southern most facing limb with a piece of tape so when we planted the sapling it was positioned as closely to the same direction as possible.
Dogwoods like acid soil and the protection of larger trees. They will grow well under the canopy. If planted in a sunny spot it will be happier if it is afforded at least partial shade. Mulch is helpful in keeping the roots from drying out. I am excited and hopeful this little tree will do as well as our past saplings have done. Some of our neighbors have lovely Dogwoods from our yard! My only concern is there looks to be something working on the trunk and I am heading to the lawn and garden center for some wound sealer to try to stop any further damage. It would be a shame to loose it after all of this hard work.
|Dogwood noon 7/25/13 viewing north,|
|Transplanted 3/16/13 photo update noon 7/25/13 looking to the south.|