First off let me tell you that I'm a very inexperienced gardener. Please forgive my ignorance.
I have a red flowering dogwood that I bought and planted last year in my back yard. It was in the shade of other larger trees. I'm not sure now what kind of soil I planted it in but I am 100% sure it didn't get enough water. I totally neglected this poor tree an when I did water it I'm sure I didn't water it down to the roots many times. Last summer in Central Arkansas was insanely hot and dry.
Anyway... I have moved and decided to transplant and try to resurrect my nearly dead dogwood. It is very small. No more than an inch in diameter and maybe 3 feet tall. I pruned all the branches back because they sent look like they could survive. There is green under the bark of the trunk. The root ball is small and parts of it are dried out.
So when I transplanted it I put it in tree and shrub soil and added some sphagnum peat moss. I have been slow watering it... Turning the hose on at a trickle and letting it run for an hour or two. I've been doing this 3-4 times a week. My husband watered it with some kind of fertilizer once but I'm not sure what it was.
The "tree" looks pitiful. More like a twig than a tree. I need help. I know what I did wrong to get it in this condition. I need to know if there is even hope for my tree and if so, what else do I need to do?
Thanks in advance for your help!
Keri the dogwood killer