Official State Flower of North Carolina
The official state flower of North Carolina, Dogwood comes in three varieties. Dogwood Trees (also known as flowering dogwood) refers to the flowering variety of Dogwood plants and is often cited as the most ravishing one. Due to its mesmerizing beauty, it is used as an ornamental plant. Many gardeners choose this plant to enhance the aesthetic appeal of their homes and residence. The flowers of the Dogwood Tree are famous for their medicinal purposes and have been used as antiseptics.
Our homeowners regularly request Dogwood trees for their home landscaping projects. Although they germinate and grow easily, their maintenance can be relatively trickier.
Read this blog to know all the ins and outs of the maintenance of flowering dogwoods.
Protect Your Dogwood Using Mulch
Mulch is a protective layer of organic or inorganic material that is placed on top of the soil. It provides the plant with an additional amount of fertilizers and protects the plant from unwanted weed growth.
Adding mulch to your dogwood tree is a good idea if you want to maintain it for a long time. Spreading a small amount of organic mulch over your dogwood tree would immensely benefit its growth and keep the pests from infesting the crop. While applying the mulch you should consider the following things:
- Keep the mulch at least 6 inches away from the trunk
- Add a layer of 4 inched mulch around the trunk
- Do not pile up the mulch on the dogwood tree
- Renew the mulch year-round or whenever the mulch layer is less than 2 inches high
Protection from pests and stray animals
Pests and stray animals such as rabbits and dogs can harm the dogwood tree, especially if it is in its infancy. To prevent this from happening you can fence the plants. As for the insects and pests, mulching usually takes care of that. However, for added protection, you should ensure timely pruning of the plant. Insects and bugs are attracted towards fallen twigs and bark, therefore we suggest you get rid of any such debris to minimize the potential threat of pests.
Final Words About Dogwood Trees
The Dogwood tree is a very good choice if you are looking for exquisite flowering plants. Mulching is important to protect them and it will make sure that the dogwood tree stands tall for a long time. Timely provision of water combined with the addition of fertilizers is required for the upkeep of this plant.
Do you need Dogwood Trees for your home landscaping?
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