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Crepe Murder!?

     We have all seen this. Driving down the road, and come upon a Crepe Myrtle that has been..well murdered! The act of cutting Crepe Myrtles, basically in half, is an old wives tale. When asked why, many people say that that just what you do! Or, it helps the blooms, or a myriad of other things.
The act of committing crepe murder actually ruins the structure of the plant, as well as exposes the tree to pests and diseases through the open wounds created.
There are no advantages to this type of  pruning. The best practices are to make sure that there is room for that specific type of plant. When you do prune a crepe myrtle, you should remove any lower hanging branches back to the main stem, and also thin out and remove any crossing branches to eliminate any type of wounds created by the rubbing.

  • Check outside plants and trees for animal damage
  • Rejuvenate holly bushes with a hard pruning
  • Check evergreens for signs of desiccation (drying out)
  • Start seeds of cool season vegetables and flowers
  • Cut back Liriope & other perennials to stimulate spring growth
  • Continue to plant trees & shrubs
  • Can continue to prune dormant trees & shrubs, but it’s getting too late to continue pruning spring bloomers.
  • Continue feeding & providing clean water for the birds
  • Continue leaf removal
  • Continue to replenish or replace mulch around trees, shrubs & in bed areas to a depth of 2″
  • Continue to water plant material if no significant rainfall, especially newly installed plants
  • Prune berry bushes to encourage new growth & fruit production
  • At the end of this month (approximately when Forsythia is in bloom), apply crabgrass preventer with fertilizer to lawn
  • Great time to start planning for spring installation. Call us today for a free estimate!

 

 

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