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    Default Magnolia tree ripped up by falling tree

    We just had a large tree fall onto one of our magnolia trees. The magnolia had the top limbs ripped off but approximately 1/3 of the limbs are left. We are looking to save the magnolia tree. Can anyone recommend what we should do to save the rest of the tree.

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    Default Re: Magnolia tree ripped up by falling tree

    Avoid having any other trees fall haha sorry needed a little humor.

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    Default Re: Magnolia tree ripped up by falling tree

    I will make sure I direct the tornado in the other direction next time. Seriously anyone know how to prune a tree that has been badly damaged.

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    Default Re: Magnolia tree ripped up by falling tree

    You don't mention the size of the tree, what type damage, or your abilities. Larger trees should be taken care of with proper safety equipment to protect surrounding structures and trees, and personal safety. Limbs that need to come off that are threatening to split the trunk, use the three cut method. Check with your local nursery for advice from or referral to a qualified individual.

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    Default Re: Magnolia tree ripped up by falling tree

    In general cut back what is broken to the next large branch or trunk. Cut through the collar not flush to the branch.
    Unless the main trunk has a large split, it can probably be saved.
    If the tree is large and valuable, have an arborist(not just a guy with "We Top Trees" painted on his truck) look at it and make recommendations.
    http://www.bartlett.com/h100.cfm

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    Default Re: Magnolia tree ripped up by falling tree

    You should be able to prune the damaged limbs and save the tree Magnolias are pretty hardy trees. If the main trunck is split you can still attempt to save the tree using screw rods. They are long rods that have a machined on the od of the rod. drill through the split areaof the trunk in two or three locations through the trunk of the tree just big enough to push the rod through the tree. then use large washers and nuts at either end and of the rod and tighten. This will prevent the tree from further splitting.

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