How to Replant a Magnolia Tree


Magnolia trees are lovely evergreen trees that develop large blooms in summer with a nice fragrance. The trees themselves can grow fairly tall and wide, offering a nice shade to the yard. If you are replanting a young tree, you will want to find a location that can accommodate this.

Step 1

Choose a location to replant the magnolia that is not only spacious enough for the tree's growth, but also gives the tree about five hours of sunlight and has well-draining acidic earth.

Step 2

Water the magnolia to loosen the soil around the tree, before digging it up.

Step 3

Dig up the magnolia tree. Dig a wide hole to ensure that you get as many of the roots as possible. Dig down several feet to get the main tap root. For every inch of width in the tree trunk base, dig out about a foot and down six inches.

Step 4

Lift the tree onto a cloth to help you move it to the new location. This will keep as much of the soil around the root ball from being lost as well as prevent damage to the roots.

Step 5

Make a hole that is twice as wide and a little bit deeper that the root system, so the tree roots will have loose, airy soil to grow in. Also loosen the soil of the hole's sides and bottom, but do not remove it.

Step 6

Line the hole with a thin layer of mulch.

Step 7

Put the tree you are replanting into the hole so that the the top of the root system is just below ground level.

Step 8

Cover the roots with the soil that you removed. Make sure that it gets in between the roots so that there are no air pockets.

Step 9

Press on the top of the dirt with your foot to pack the dirt in somewhat and stabilize the tree. Stake the tree to keep it upright until the roots establish.

Step 10

Spread mulch around the base of the tree, but not up against the tree trunk.

Step 11

Water the tree with several gallons of water once a week for a few months until it is established.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Cloth
  • Mulch
  • Stakes
  • Twine
  • Water


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