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Q.How Long Will It Take Grass To Grow Near Removed Magnolia?

Zone Columbus, Ohio | kreschke added on March 30, 2020 | Answered

I had an old, diseased southern magnolia removed from my yard last fall. The grass in an area from a radius of 15-20 ft is still very patchy. I’m wondering how long it will take before the soil is no longer toxic to grass and is there nutrient that I can add to the soil to help it be more hospitable for grass. Thank you!

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Answered on April 1, 2020

It shouldn't affect grasses, unless there are multiple issues in the soil. Diseases for trees aren't usually the same diseases for grass, but this can indicate that there is an environmental factor that needs to be fixed before it will be suitable for planting.

Likely the area remains too wet without a dry period. If this is not the case, then I would make sure that this are is not anywhere near human feces, or septic lines.

If the soil is, in fact, infected with multiple diseases, then it will not likely resolve itself anytime soon. You will need to test the soil to know what it needs, or is infected with, though.

Here are a couple of articles to help you with this: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/soil-fertilizers/testing-soil.htm


You may also need help from your local extension service. This link will help you to find the closest one to you:


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