Magnolias are a brilliant, colorful variety of trees native to Asia, North America and Central America. With an average height of 40 to 80 feet, and spread of 30 to 40 feet, they are the perfect size for residential landscapes.
But like all trees, magnolias require some basic care and maintenance to preserve their health and vitality. To learn more about magnolia tree care, keep reading.
Monitor pH Levels
It’s important for homeowners to monitor the pH levels in which their magnolia tree grows. Magnolia trees prefer a slightly acidic soil composition. So if your soil is too alkaline, you should add the necessary fertilizer to adjust it.
Growing a healthy magnolia tree begins with the right soil – and pH level is critical for creating a suitable soil environment for magnolia trees.
Use Caution When Mowing
One of the most common reasons why magnolia trees die is physical injury. They have relatively thin and weak bark that’s easy damaged from flying debris, such as the debris produced by lawn mowers and weed eaters. If you plan on doing any landscaping around your magnolia tree, use caution not to hit it with any debris.
Magnolia trees require very little maintenance, but something that you’ll still need to do to is pruning. Using a pair of sharp, clean pruners, trim away dead or dying limbs, as well as overgrown shoots.
If you discover a diseased section on your magnolia tree, it’s important to remove it ASAP to prevent the disease from spreading.
Bacterial and fungal diseases can wreak havoc on magnolia trees. By pruning diseased portions of the tree away, however, it limits the damage.
Of course, magnolia trees must also receive adequate water to thrive and stay healthy. When a magnolia tree becomes severely dehydrated, you may notice characteristic symptoms like browning leaves, wilting leaves, slow growth, etc.
Don’t assume that mother nature alone is enough to keep your magnolia tree hydrated. If you experience a drought in your region, your magnolia tree may not get enough water, in which case it may die.
Use a sprinkler during periods of low rainfall to prevent problems such as this from occurring.
These are just a few tips on how to care for a magnolia tree. If all of this sounds like too much, you can always hire a professional tree care company to maintain your magnolia tree.
If we can help with any of your tree care needs give us a call at 512-846-2535 or 512-940-0799 or