If your dogwood tree is not blooming or not looking good in other ways, this could be due to many things. There are common problems a dogwood tree can have, and a tree service company can determine what is wrong with it. They can then treat the tree so you can enjoy the beautiful flowers in the spring.
Anthracnose is a fungus that starts out affecting the leaves. You will first notice the edges of the leaves curl up and turn brown. The leaves may also turn purple in some cases. Over time, the leaves will develop spots and powdery mildew.
If not treated at this point, cankers will start showing up on small branches. Over time, these cankers will spread and get on the trunk of the dogwood tree. Eventually, the tree will develop root rot if you have a lot of rain in your area for a long period of time.
To take care of this problem you can purchase a fungicide at a garden center. Follow the directions on the product you purchase on how to use it.
There are many pests that love to attack dogwood trees. They eat larvae from the leaves and set up home in the bark. These pests may be too small for you to see or they may hide during the day and only come out at night to feast.
The dogwood borer is a common pest. They travel on branches and eat, which removes important nutrients from the tree. Over time, the branches on your dogwood will die and fall off.
Another pest that loves dogwood trees is the sawfly larvae. This pest feeds on the leaves and the branches will swell over time. There are pesticide sprays on the market that will treat this problem with your dogwood tree. This will not treat the branches already dead but it will prevent the pest from doing any more damage.
Care for the Tree
If the tree is not properly cared for it will start showing problems. Dogwood trees need to have fertile soil. If your tree is not planted in fertile healthy soil it will likely grow fine for a short time but then start having problems, such as slow growth or not blooming.
The dogwood tree also needs sufficient water. If not, the leaves will burn or turn red. Over time the leaves will fall off the tree.
If you do not get rain for a few days you will have to provide the tree with approximately one inch of water. To help keep the soil moist put a few inches of mulch around the tree. Make sure, however, the mulch is pushed back a few inches from the base of the tree.
If you cannot or do not want to treat the tree yourself, contact a tree service company, like Schulhoff Tree & Lawn Care, Inc. They can help you take care of this problem so your tree will grow well for you.