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By Sparkly

Cumbria, United Kingdom Gb

Hi, I have read all the advice about pruning dogwoods and it seems fine for all the larger types I have, I can prune them very hard. I am not sure what to do about ones that are only 1 or 2 years old-these were planted as small single stems in large numbers. Most of of them have one shoot out of the ground and then just 2 or 3 weak ones about 20 cm from the ground. Not sure whether to cut this off and just be left with a single stem-this seems a bit drastic. Any thoughts?



I have 2, one red and one yellow/green. The red one is now mature and I have just hacked it right back. The yellow/green one is only a couple of years old and I shan't tackle that until it is about 5.

11 Apr, 2013


Now is the time to layer your dogwood if you want more plants for future use,
Its a simple things to do just select one of the long lower
stems and using a blade cut a slight slit "not to long or to deep" and then make a small 2 inch deep and about 4 inch long trench in the soil place the cut stem 'still attached to its main bush' and pin this stem down "use a piece of wire for this push well into the ground so it holds the stem in place and it wont pop out of the soil,
Now cover the stem with the soil you removed, water it and for get about it until november time,
this cut stem should have it's own roots by then and you have a new dog wood tobe planted in your garden,
(remember to sing happy birthday to the stem as you remove it from the bush)

11 Apr, 2013


Thanks, may I will take a conservative approach.

13 Apr, 2013

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