Trees are starting to leaf out but the Crape Myrtle is usually one of the last to bloom. Personally having three of these lovely trees I wondered about the proper pruning technique. I see many that have been cut back or topped by owners so assumed this is proper. The professionals at Pugh’s Earthworks have the skills, training and expertise when it comes to healthy care for trees and shrubs.
I suppose there are different theories regarding Crape Myrtles and I found one that resonates with me. Topping trees for the most part can be harmful. This is especially true when it comes to the Crape Myrtle. Pugh’s Earthworks uses the science of horticulture and our professionals know when and how much to trim trees and shrubs.
While topping Crape Myrtles is not the best course of action, the tree itself is very resilient and will be fine. However, this particular theory points out that the tree will not reach its full potential if it is annually topped. When pruned properly, the Crape Myrtle has a vase shape that accentuates it’s beautiful blooms and satiny bark. It is one of the South’s most versatile landscaping trees.
The most common reason for pruning these hearty trees is that they have gotten too tall for their space. In that instance, it’s better to replace the trees with plants that fit the space better and transplant the crape myrtle to a better area where they can grow and shine.
To properly prune these ‘lilacs of the south’ follow these simple steps:
Remove the suckers from the bottom of the tree.
Remove broken, crossed or diseased limbs. If two limbs are crossed, remove the weaker of the two.
Prune just the tips of the branches to remove the old blooms. When blooms are removed another blooming may occur.
Thin out the small, twiggy growth to allow air to circulate in the canopy of the tree. If a previous landscaper has committed this crime, there are measures that can be taken to return the tree to it’s beautiful potential. It will take years but can be done by cutting the tree back within one to two inches of the ground.
When new shoots emerge, select 3 to 5 of the strongest branches on each trunk and remove the others. After 3 – 5 years of growth the tree will be back to it’s lovely shape with branches full of blooms. Whether in Memphis, Nashville, Little Rock or Jackson the crape myrtle is a staple of landscape design.
When it comes to pruning the trees and shrubs that surround your commercial property, trust the certified technicians at Pugh’s Earthworks. They will keep your landscape beautiful and healthy.
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