Crape Murder: Don’t Do It!

By Dan Bailey, in Landscaping

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All over the area crimes are being committed, and we can’t take it anymore.

Crape Myrtles are among the most beautiful plants with one of the longest blooms that we can have in our landscapes. They do not require a lot of maintenance, and they give us interest through all four seasons, especially when you add some lighting to them.

Screen Shot 2016-03-13 at 11.07.10 AMFor some reason, homeowners and some landscapers have started hacking them back to half their size every year. No professional with training in the landscape industry would say this is a good practice.

The only pruning you should be doing is removing broken branches from winter damage or the suckers that appear from the ground or the main trunks. Cutting trees back this way each year promotes weak branches and promotes disease.

If you have crape myrtles on your property that need to be cut back each year because they have outgrown their current space, the best thing to do is remove it, and replace it with a variety that will not grow as big.

There are many varieties of crape myrtles that are great for our area. Adding one to your property will give you beautiful interest on your property all year long.

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