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08/07/2012 at 11:10

Hi - in the recent torrential rain my red dogwood in an island bed has been trashed and is now half it's height and won't stand upright again. Is it too late to cut all the bent stems (about half the shrub) hard back or shall I stake it? I don't want to kill it off but it can't stay as it is as it looks horrendous and is shading out a lot of lawn. Any ideas please?

08/07/2012 at 16:07

are the stems broken or just bent, if they are only bent stake it, if they are broken cut them back

09/07/2012 at 18:43

I hadn't thought about the stems being broken - they are all just bent, so I'll do as you suggest and stake them. I was surprised they were so flimsy but the rain was very hard and there's a lot of topgrowth. What a pain this year has turned out to be!


09/07/2012 at 21:56

i just keep thinking it might be better tomorrow

09/07/2012 at 23:11

Cut them back, you need to cut back red dogwood to keep the red colour anyway, and they are all the better for it.

10/07/2012 at 07:20

i always cut mine hard back in early spring so as to enjoy the bare red stems in the winter months

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