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What about evergreens such as Holly (berries), Rhodies, Laurel, Bay, etc, etc. ?
Not a cone between them.
To be technically correct the opposite of deciduous is evergreen not coniferous.
Could it be a good idea to plant another magnolia further from the house as they seem happy in your garden, and then in due time sacrifice the old one?
It's such a shame to lose a thriving tree, so also go down the pruning road and be quite radical and cut at least one of the branches out. Stand back and view the tree from every angle before you cut any more. And do take very good care not to put the saw in the hands of anybody over-enthusiastic in the cutting department.
I meant hoovering indoors!
Pond vacs are death to pond life; you do want wildlife in your pond, don't you?
David K they are not necessarily coniferous, rather evergreen.
Nettles are a caterpillar food. Buddlias are solely a nectar provider.
Why are you cutting off the ones with holes in? Leave them alone and go and do some hoovering!
You also need to leave them in the soil longer. You have dug them up too soon.
They aren't fertilized, that's why they are dropping off.
Water butts will stay clean if you have a good lid on them to keep out the light and refrain from dipping dirty watering cans in them.