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How To Control Dogwooddogwood control

There are a number of invasive trees which at first they are wanted but once homeowner and landscapers see how out of control and unruly they get, they want them gone. This can certainly be the case with a species of tree and shrub known as dogwood. To some, these trees are seen as ornamentals and can be nice to have in the backyard, however because of their invasive nature and ability to spread wildly, these trees and shrubs can quickly overtake a land where they are established, creating an eyesore and hindering progress of other plants it competes with in the same vicinity.

Dogwood (Cornus spp.) is the common name for a group of about 45 species of small trees and shrubs which grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 2 through 9, depending on the species. These plants have been around for generations in the United States and  Many dogwoods grow to heights of up to 15 feet, and they are often grown for their beautiful flowers, bracts and leaf color during autumn. Dogwoods are able to spread and reproduce through suckers, which makes the prevention of the shoots quite difficult.

As nice looking as dogwood is, a homeowner may be fine with one, not a bunch. Growing a dogwood tree can result in numerous dogwood shrubs emerging from the soil and out-competing other plant life, soaking up most of the nutrition and preventing other plants from thriving.  

If you have dogwood growing on your land and want it gone, Solutions Pest and Lawn can assist you via top-grade control products and providing helpful how-to advice so you could safely and confidently do it yourself.

How To Control Dogwood: 4 Step Solution

Dogwood trees and shrubs are not the easiest to get rid of. Because of it’s invasive nature, there is a likely chance that even with applying control measures, dogwood can re-emerge. With that being said, we want to make it clear that treatment of dogwood trees is not a one and done job.  These plants are persistent and will resist and not go away easily. However, with the right chemical control approach, you can eliminate them. Here are the steps we suggest to get rid of this plant:

Step 1: The first step is to identify the plant to be sure that you are indeed dealing with a dogwood tree and not some other species of tree.  If you are not totally sure, you can always shoot us an email at identification@solutionsstores.com containing a photo of the plant in question and we will ID it properly for you as well as provide control recommendations.

Step 2: Start with preparing your equipment. We recommend using a pump-up sprayer or a backpack sprayer depending on the number of trees you are dealing with. Sprayers mounted on ATV vehicles also work well. There are a number of good herbicides Make sure to follow the directions on the label closely for the exact details on application rates. We also recommend adding a spray marking dye, to mark plants that have been sprayed and to tell if you are getting an sufficient amount of herbicide on the plant.

Step 3: Next you can proceed with treatment. First start by cutting the shrubbery or tree down to ground level. Then apply herbicide to the stump, making sure to coat it completely and evenly. This is not a one-time job and you may need conduct follow up applications until the plant has fully died.

Browse our dogwood treatment products below. If you ever have any questions, reach out to us and we will be happy to assist you. You can reach us via phone, email or online live chat.

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