Monday, February 7, 2011

Time to Prune your Crape Myrtles

It's that time of year again to trim your crape myrtles!  Below are the steps that will prevent you from getting locked up by the landscape police for crape myrtle murder.

Since crape myrtles bloom off of new growth, prunning keeps the tree providing more and healthier blooms.

Here are some tools that you might need (step ladder not pictured).

When selecting which limbs to cut it is important to know how the new growth will come in.  After making a cut,  two new limbs will sprout from underneath where the cut was made.

Make sure to cut any larger limbs that cross through the middle of the tree all the way to the bottom.  Crape myrtles need air flow through the center of the tree.

Don't clip all the way down to the knuckles of the tree.  Measure up between 4-6" from the knuckle for each limb.  This will provide the new growth with support and allow for it to fan out.

Remove any smaller limbs that are shooting off the main trunks.  You want the over-all look when finished to form a "Y"

Hope this helps.  Let me know if you have any questions.

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