Hi! I live in Porto, Portugal and our climate is atlantic temperate, it hardly ever goes below zero or snow. I have a Magnolia to take care of, because I think it needs to be looked after. Nothing has been done to it in the last 30 years because the house next to it was closed. As you can see from the picture it is extremely dense and tilted. Some effort was done this last summer to cut dead wood, but I find it difficult to reach anywhere inside the maze. I have to cut it a bit on the right to allow cars through the gate, since the tree pushes the gate closed. I don't know if anything else should be done. I don't know its species, and can only guess its age, at least 30 years, the flower is pink. I know it is deciduous. I attach a picture of this Magnolia in February (no leefs) and August 2004. On the Magnolia's left is a water tank, it is normal for this tank to overflow and water to run down the steps and flood the tree's foot. At this time, it is budding, so I get confused as to when to be able to cut it. Can I have some advice please?