I am new to the forum. My garden is inherited. My father took the garden over from my mother when she became too handicapped to deal with it. He didn't like gardening. Since he passed on, I have been trying to rehab the garden. It is going well, but I need some help with what can only be described as the saddest Southern Magnolia on the planet.
It is pictured below. Now, for full disclosure, she's 15 years old now. Two years ago she was a bush, for lack of a better description. She is now 7 feet tall... but very sad looking. The leaves look great! No discoloration, they are shiny, and not many drop off. It appears a branch decided to become the master of the tree, and this is how we began getting some height. It is towards the back of the tree, though, which makes it lopsided looking. I don't so much care about that as long as I can keep the tree alive and healthy.
I would like to get it to fill in a little more so it isn't so sad looking. It also has not had a bloom in at least six years. How should I proceed? I have no idea how to take care of a Southern Magnolia. So far, we've gotten here with lots of water and daily greetings. I do talk to my plants, I don't care, it works. Dad didn't do much with her at all for a long time, so I assume she somehow located an underground water source, but I do water her when I do the rest of the garden.
Any help is greatly appreciated!