Dogwoods have been around for generations; the English language developed the phrase, “Dog tree” for them in 1548. It derived from the word “Dagwood” because their slender stems were used for making narrow items, like daggers, arrows, and skewers. Basically, small items that needed hardwood. Later on, the name changed to Dogwood.
There are many suggestions on how the tree came to be called the Dogwood; when the wind blows, and the branches knock together, it sounds like a dog barking. Also, it is used to treat skin conditions like mange in dogs, people boiled the wood in water, then washed their dogs in the Dogwood water.
In Europe, the wood of Dogwoods was being used for items like arrows and the first types of tennis rackets, Native Americans were using Dogwoods for a variety of things as well. Many Indians used Dogwoods for making toothbrushes, as well as daggers and arrows like Europeans. Dogwoods were seen as lucky, and masculine. Males often ate Dogwood berries in religious ceremonies. The bark and roots were used for medicines and dyes. However, the sap is toxic and was often used as poison among some tribes.
If you want to plant the Dogwood trees, they prefer partial shade. This is where they can do absolutely well. They can also do well in full sunlight glare, but it is advisable for you to provide shade for them since they grow in the forest. They can adapt to any soil type they are introduced to, but their primary preference is a slightly acidic soil. They can also tolerate dry areas; they can grow in desserts, but they need slightly wet soils.
You should ensure that every few days you feel the soil around your Dogwood trees. If it’s close to drying out, then give your tree a slow deep watering. Pay attention to the weather in your area to have an idea of how much rainfall your plants are receiving.
Putting a few inches’ layer of mulch around the base of the dogwood trees will help your soil retain moisture. Mulch will also suppress substantially the growth of weeds and grass under your trees, which can steal nutrients from them.
Adding fertilizer usually isn’t necessary for Dogwood trees, unless you know that your yard is lacking in nutrients. You can find how much nutrients your lawn has using a basic soil testing kit found in local gardening stores. If you find that your soil isn’t acidic, you can add some supplements. That’s for Holly trees or an acid loving shrub. Dogwoods also can benefit from fertilizer that’s high in nitrogen. If you need to fertilize your trees, do it in the early spring and again in the early fall.
The most common of the Dogwood trees is the Flowering Dogwood, it has a very conspicuous white and yellow flower that blooms nicely and beautifully in the spring. Other species can be different for instance the red dogwood and the pink dogwood. They normally blossom differently.
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