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Pruning our magnolia tree

we have a large established magnolia in front of our house. I am very fond of it, but it has been allowed to get out of hand and spread wide. I am worried it will split in half at some point so it needs a good cut back/ reshape. I have no idea when is the best time to do this, could anyone advise me please? When and how 😊 Thanks 

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  • ObelixxObelixx VendĂ©e, Western FrancePosts: 28,544
    Magnolias don't generally respond well to being pruned other than to remove dead wood.   

    The RHS offers this advice about when and how so have a read and then proceed with caution if you must but I would leave well alone.

    https://www.rhs.org.uk/plants/popular/magnolia/growing-guide 
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
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