Answer: First of all, glad you like our website! About your magnolia - it's always best to plant a new tree or shrub so that it's at the same soil level as it was in the pot. Magnolias have lots of surface roots, so it's not unusual to see them appear on top of the ground, especially from established trees. Because of the shallow root system, it's best not to grow anything under magnolia trees. So, for the health of your tree, try to keep grass from growing under the canopy of the tree, and keep it well away from the trunk. Eventually your magnolia will cast dense shade and keep grass and other plants from growing beneath it. Your plan to cut away the small roots will only encourage the development of additional surface roots. It's best to leave these roots alone and simply allow your tree to become firmly established in its new location, surface roots and all. Enjoy your new tree!
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