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Friday, February 5, 2010

I planted 42 trees this morning!

Now, let me explain, before you start calling me crazy!

I decided that we needed to cut some of the big old limbs out of the Redtwig Dogwood. So Michael cut 8 or 10 limbs off about 6 inches from the ground. Some of limbs were almost 3 inches in diameter and 6 feet long or longer.

Redtwig Dogwood flowers. It is also called Red Ozier Dogwood.

I cut the small ends and smaller side limbs off to root in the backyard, which is pretty wet right now. There is a small sinkhole back there and I don’t like to mow around it – I won’t but Michael will. I stuck 42 “cuttings” in the ground around the sinkhole. The “cuttings” were from 2 feet to 4 feet long and I pushed about a foot of each one in the dirt.

Will it work? I don’t know, but I thought it was worth a try. We had been trying to decide what to plant around the sinkhole anyway so we wouldn’t have to mow there. It would be great if most of them rooted, but if only a few root, then that’s less plants I will need to buy.


This picture was taken in 2008 before an oak tree fell on it and broke about a third of the limbs.

Redtwig Dogwoods seem to be pretty hardy. Mine has survived a flood, drought, temperatures in the teens and above 100 degrees, and a tree falling on in it.

2 comments:

  1. I hope all your twigs root. Good luck to you. My yard is so wet in the winter and so dry in the summer. Makes it very hard to plant anything. lol. Thanks for visiting junkblossoms. We hope you'll be back soon, we love company! Pat.

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  2. Hi Melody

    I think most of them will root for you. I've rooted dogwoods myself this way in the past. Come to think of it as I child any stick went into the ground to see if it would take - most did.

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