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awood0909
04-25-2009, 10:57 PM
I need to trim some crepe myrtles that already have leaves popping up. Is it okay to still trim them back like i normally would before the leaves have appeared?

PerfectEarth
04-25-2009, 11:00 PM
yup, you should be fine. A bit late, but not gonna hurt anything. Mine in my backyard just started popping out leaves yesterday.

eaglescout
04-26-2009, 12:06 AM
cant kill them, However trim them into a tree the old idea of whacking them down is gone. Trim out all the little suckers up to eye level. Get rid of any branches that rub together, that wil cause disease. Then trim the top into a mushroom shape. Think of the natural growth and you will be fine.

jkingrph
04-26-2009, 11:11 AM
I generally prune, trim mine to a tree form. I remove branches below eye level standing, so I can mow around them with hitting face slappers. They always put out new little suckers and I just walk around and knock then off with my hand while they are still soft.

B&M
04-27-2009, 10:20 PM
Get rid of any branches that rub together, that wil cause disease.


That's what we call a no brainer.

manfromearth
04-27-2009, 11:47 PM
no mention of the favorite term, "crape murder". It's what some people call the topping of crape myrtles. I try to educate my clients of all the different types of crape myrtle varieties that are available and to have them plant a type that won't outgrow its space. Personally, I prefer crape myrtles unpruned, except for limbing up and removal of crossing branches (like jkingrph said). For some reason, unbeknown to me, crape myrtle trimming has become a late winter tradition for millions of home owners and maintenance companies. It's a tree, just like a cherry or dogwood, and you wouldn't prune those. Of course, the problem is that crape myrtle varieties that grow 30' X 25' (Nachez, Muskogee, etc.) get planted in a space more suitable to a smaller growing variety (Acoma, Souix, even some of the petite varieties). To answer your question, though....late pruning won't hurt the tree, but it will probably somewhat delay flowering.

CALandscapes
04-29-2009, 02:49 AM
no mention of the favorite term, "crape murder". It's what some people call the topping of crape myrtles. I try to educate my clients of all the different types of crape myrtle varieties that are available and to have them plant a type that won't outgrow its space. Personally, I prefer crape myrtles unpruned, except for limbing up and removal of crossing branches (like jkingrph said). For some reason, unbeknown to me, crape myrtle trimming has become a late winter tradition for millions of home owners and maintenance companies. It's a tree, just like a cherry or dogwood, and you wouldn't prune those. Of course, the problem is that crape myrtle varieties that grow 30' X 25' (Nachez, Muskogee, etc.) get planted in a space more suitable to a smaller growing variety (Acoma, Souix, even some of the petite varieties). To answer your question, though....late pruning won't hurt the tree, but it will probably somewhat delay flowering.

Again, I'll second your response, manfromearth.

BTW - my gf is from Mobile, and I notice that the majority of the trimmed/pruned crape myrtles there are "crape murdered." Not sure why; we don't have the same problem here, in New Orleans (thankfully not, it pains me to see it!)

poolboy
05-01-2009, 07:27 PM
no mention of the favorite term, "crape murder". It's what some people call the topping of crape myrtles. I try to educate my clients of all the different types of crape myrtle varieties that are available and to have them plant a type that won't outgrow its space. Personally, I prefer crape myrtles unpruned, except for limbing up and removal of crossing branches (like jkingrph said). For some reason, unbeknown to me, crape myrtle trimming has become a late winter tradition for millions of home owners and maintenance companies. It's a tree, just like a cherry or dogwood, and you wouldn't prune those. Of course, the problem is that crape myrtle varieties that grow 30' X 25' (Nachez, Muskogee, etc.) get planted in a space more suitable to a smaller growing variety (Acoma, Souix, even some of the petite varieties). To answer your question, though....late pruning won't hurt the tree, but it will probably somewhat delay flowering.


http://www.ktrh.com/pages/gardenline-crapekilling.html

jkingrph
05-03-2009, 06:45 PM
no mention of the favorite term, "crape murder". It's what some people call the topping of crape myrtles. I try to educate my clients of all the different types of crape myrtle varieties that are available and to have them plant a type that won't outgrow its space. Personally, I prefer crape myrtles unpruned, except for limbing up and removal of crossing branches (like jkingrph said). For some reason, unbeknown to me, crape myrtle trimming has become a late winter tradition for millions of home owners and maintenance companies. It's a tree, just like a cherry or dogwood, and you wouldn't prune those. Of course, the problem is that crape myrtle varieties that grow 30' X 25' (Nachez, Muskogee, etc.) get planted in a space more suitable to a smaller growing variety (Acoma, Souix, even some of the petite varieties). To answer your question, though....late pruning won't hurt the tree, but it will probably somewhat delay flowering.

Actually a crape myrtle is a shrub, not a tree, but I prefer to train mine with 3 to 5 major trunks into a small multi trunk tree form, and let them develope a canopy like a tree.