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Question: I recently planted a magnolia tree in my front yard. The first month my tree had nice green leaves but now they have all turned brown and are starting to fall off. I water every three days. am I watering too much or is there someting else wrong with my tree ?

Answer: It's not unusual for newly planted trees to go through a stressful period until its roots become established. Shedding leaves is one symptom of transplant shock. You may also be applying too little water too frequently. To help your magnolia adjust to its new home, you need to water deeply, once or twice a week if the weather is hot. Magnolias have lots of surface roots and prefer to grow in well-draining soils. Set a sprinkler beneath your tree and apply water slowly so it has a chance to trickle down and wet the entire root mass. Then wait 3-4 days and dig down into the soil to check the moisture content. If the soil is still damp 3" beneath the surface, you won't need to water for a few days; if it's dry, it's time to water again; if it's soggy wet, the drainage is poor, which could affect the roots of your tree, eventually causing root rot. Hope this information is helpful!

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