Saplings are a young tree with a trunk 1 to 5 inches in diameter. Garden and home centers, along with tree or plant nurseries, sell dogwood saplings in containers. The advantage of purchasing a sapling over a seedling is that the tree is already established, and re-planting it in your yard will give you blooms faster. Choose a shady area to plant your dogwood sapling; the trees do not do well in full sun.
Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the container your dogwood sapling is in.
Remove the sapling from the original container.
Shake off the soil from around the roots of the dogwood sapling.
Center the sapling in the newly dug hole. Spread the roots out evenly in the hole.
Backfill the hole around the roots and trunk. Keep the trunk at the same soil level as it was in the original pot.
Tamp down the soil in the hole using the back of the shovel or your hands to remove air pockets.
Water the dogwood sapling until water no longer soaks into the soil.
Water the sapling every two weeks during the first summer of growth.