Question From: Duxbury, Massachusetts, United States
Q: I HAVE A KOUSA DOGWOOD THAT IS VERY YOUNG AND NEWLY PLANTED THIS PAST SUMMER IN MASSACHUSETTS. IT STANDS ABOUT 6' TALL, IF THAT. SHOULD I WRAP THE TRUNK OR THE WHOLE TREE IN BURLAP FOR THE WINTER? WHAT SHOULD I DO TO PROTECT MY TREE FROM NEW ENGLAND'S HARSH WINTER?
A: I would wrap the trunk in tree wrap available at garden centers. This will protect the trunk from sun scald and rodent damage at the base. Mulch around the tree with 3 to 4 inches of good organic mulch such as pine bark, but keep the mulch 4 inches from the trunk of the tree. Be sure to water the tree weekly of it does not rain until the ground freezes. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy