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Old 01-06-2013, 07:06 PM
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Overgrown Crape Myrtle

The town where I live planted these along the entrance to the cemetary YEARS ago. They were wondering if they could be cut back so they were not so tall. They are health just are a little mishaped due to the long period of not maintenance. If they can cut them, how far back can they go?
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Old 01-06-2013, 07:08 PM
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right now, as far back as you want.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:31 PM
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Crape myrtles do better when not topped each year, perhaps some thinning...
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:25 PM
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I would really like to cut them back to about 7ft. Would that hurt such a tree? Will it bloom better cause now they are very sparse.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:07 PM
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Personally I would trim them back with a stump grinder, and deep. If that's not an option cut them a few inches shorter that the last time they were hacked up.
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:27 PM
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Thin to three to five main trunks and cut down right above where branches spit into two branches. Then get on a maintenance program
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:55 PM
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Thin to three to five main trunks and cut down right above where branches spit into two branches. Then get on a maintenance program
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I missed this post but that's pretty much it.
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:36 AM
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This. But the goal should be to keep the overall form of the tree as good as possible. I.e., don't crape murder it. That might not reach your seven foot goal depending on the height of the tree now, but trimming is something to be done surgically and thoughtfully, in my opinion. I personally value the form of a tree above many other criteria when it comes to trimming. Even a blooming tree only has flowers for a few months out of the year. The rest of the time, you see its branching structures. Crape myrtles have a particularly unique structure that I think, when thoughtfully pruned, can be highlighted.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:33 PM
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This. But the goal should be to keep the overall form of the tree as good as possible. I.e., don't crape murder it. That might not reach your seven foot goal depending on the height of the tree now, but trimming is something to be done surgically and thoughtfully, in my opinion. I personally value the form of a tree above many other criteria when it comes to trimming. Even a blooming tree only has flowers for a few months out of the year. The rest of the time, you see its branching structures. Crape myrtles have a particularly unique structure that I think, when thoughtfully pruned, can be highlighted.
Exactly! I hate when guys just go in a murder trees and shrubs without any thought whatsoever, then I'm called in to repair it, by which I have to tell them it's a very slow and time consuming process and in a lot of cases it's a matter of tearing it out and starting over if the damage is to far gone.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:25 PM
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you can cut them back far as you want. they will always grow back. i would think it's near impossible to kill these trees.
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