Plant This Fall: Boost 55th Spring Dogwood Trail
By Ro Morse, WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH - Generally we think about our magnificent Dogwoods blooming in western Kentucky mid-April, but this is the time of year to really plan ahead to give our spectacular bloomers a chance to have an even greater presence once spring arrives.

Most local nurseries have a good supply of dogwoods now. Montgomery Gardens on New Hold Road, has theirs marked half price to encourage fall planting. 

Wahl's Landscaping and Garden Shoppe, on Jackson St. has a nice selection and Chuck Wahl says, "This is the time to get them in the ground. They are dormant and don't get shocked when going into fresh soil. Just remember to plant them in the canopy of larger trees or some kind of partial shade to assure they aren't exposed to full sun all day. When they are planted during their dormant stage, their roots just take to their new soil better and have a better chance of survival. So anytime from now till a hard frost, plant your new dogwoods." 

James Sanders Nursery, on Schneidman Road, also has a good stock of dogwoods. They will give you planting tips and share info to help your new dogwood plantings be as successful as possible. 

The Paducah Civic Beautification Board met Monday and discussed upcoming 55th Dogwood Trail plans for spring 2019 and seeks to encourage neighbors on and off the trail to consider planting new dogwoods (and any of their favorite trees this fall). Future Dogwood Trails and the general health of current Dogwoods (and trees in general) are important elements of Paducah's beautiful green and long-term Tree City USA status. 

In 2000, the Library of Congress accepted Paducah's Lighted Dogwood Trail as a Local Legacy. The purpose of this project was to document the creative arts, crafts and customs representing community life across the nation. The Lighted Dogwood Trail each spring is permanently documented in the Library's American Folklife Center collections. Members of Congress in every state submitted materials documenting nearly 1300 local customs and traditions. Paducah's Lighted Dogwood Trail was submitted by Rep. Ed Whitfield (1st District).

The link below is helpful when considering planting, transplanting, purchasing, caring for your new or existing Dogwood tree(s).

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Planting, Growing Dogwood Trees

Published 04:42 AM, Tuesday Sep. 11, 2018
Updated 09:28 AM, Tuesday Sep. 11, 2018

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