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Old 08-07-2019, 07:11 PM
 
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I have about 10 of the trees named- above surrounding my house. They are 41 years' old. I used to feed them when they were young, but as the years went by, I have stop doing it, because I also have two large gardens that need all my attention.

Do you thing I should feed them? Will feeding them make them stronger than they are now?

Every time there is a storm, I worry one of them or more will fall on top of the house. But, they are so elegant and beautiful that I could never consider having them cut down.

Your thoughts? Thank you,
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Old 08-07-2019, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Floribama
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Native trees should never need “feeding”. The best thing you can do for them is to mulch the leaves and let them recycle back into the soil, as nature intended.
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Old 08-09-2019, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Kwethluk
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Magnolias grown in the ground don't require much when it comes to feeding, however, a layer of mulch every year will go a long way. Use a liquid ericaceous fertiliser, such as Miracle-Gro Liquid Ericaceous Plant food.
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Old 08-10-2019, 09:35 AM
 
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I have never heard of "feeding" mature trees.
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:17 PM
 
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Native trees should never need “feeding”. The best thing you can do for them is to mulch the leaves and let them recycle back into the soil, as nature intended.
This^^^
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Old 08-10-2019, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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If you're worried about them coming down, hire an arborist to assess them.

Ten trees of species that usually want to get very large sounds like a lot to me. What size is your property?
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Old 08-11-2019, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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I have never heard of "feeding" mature trees.
Neither have I.
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