Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-06-2013, 06:06 PM
clayslandscape clayslandscape is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Blackstone, Va.
Posts: 435
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?
Attached Images
 
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-06-2013, 06:08 PM
corey4671 corey4671 is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Somewhere in TN
Posts: 2,943
right now, as far back as you want.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-06-2013, 07:31 PM
Weekend cut easymoney Weekend cut easymoney is online now
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Texas-The Hilly part
Posts: 3,361
Crape myrtles do better when not topped each year, perhaps some thinning...
__________________
1989 BlueChevy 1500 Extended cab with FULL bed
1978 7ft Sears cargo trailer with added wood inserts to hold both my weedeaters
3 1976-83 vintage lawnboy lawnmowers with full self propel features as well as mulch kits
2 Sears electric weedeaters
1 green machine electric leaf blower
1 sears articulating hedge trimmer-electric
2 50ft power cords
3 Leaf rakes
1 shovel
1 pocket knife
cooler for beer
lawn chair to enjoy a beer while I wait for the cash to be handed to me
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-06-2013, 09:25 PM
clayslandscape clayslandscape is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Blackstone, Va.
Posts: 435
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.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-06-2013, 10:07 PM
knox gsl's Avatar
knox gsl knox gsl is online now
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: knoxville, tn
Posts: 3,659
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.
__________________
I've never been skydiving, but I have zoomed-in on Google Earth really fast.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-06-2013, 10:27 PM
ReddensLawnCare ReddensLawnCare is online now
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 1,521
Thin to three to five main trunks and cut down right above where branches spit into two branches. Then get on a maintenance program
Posted via Mobile Device
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-08-2013, 10:25 PM
weeze's Avatar
weeze weeze is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: weezertonfieldville, AL
Posts: 5,307
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.
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-08-2013, 11:12 PM
Weekend cut easymoney Weekend cut easymoney is online now
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Texas-The Hilly part
Posts: 3,361
Quote:
Originally Posted by JasonsLawnCare1 View Post
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.
True...

They wont bloom better when cut back, they want sun generally and to grow really tall. Aphids eat them up
__________________
1989 BlueChevy 1500 Extended cab with FULL bed
1978 7ft Sears cargo trailer with added wood inserts to hold both my weedeaters
3 1976-83 vintage lawnboy lawnmowers with full self propel features as well as mulch kits
2 Sears electric weedeaters
1 green machine electric leaf blower
1 sears articulating hedge trimmer-electric
2 50ft power cords
3 Leaf rakes
1 shovel
1 pocket knife
cooler for beer
lawn chair to enjoy a beer while I wait for the cash to be handed to me
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-09-2013, 10:52 PM
cpllawncare's Avatar
cpllawncare cpllawncare is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 2,647
I got a letter from the city that went out to all licensed landscape contractors stating not to trim or cut any crape myrtle's that belong to the city, they will fine the crap out of you.Apparently they don't want crape murder! I laughed but then found out they were dead serious . There IS a proper way to prune one, just research it. It's not a matter of just going in and cutting the crap out of it either! Just because it'll grow back! I mean REALLY!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-09-2013, 10:55 PM
cpllawncare's Avatar
cpllawncare cpllawncare is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Greenville, SC
Posts: 2,647
Quote:
Originally Posted by ReddensLawnCare View Post
Thin to three to five main trunks and cut down right above where branches spit into two branches. Then get on a maintenance program
Posted via Mobile Device
I missed this post but that's pretty much it.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:18 PM.

Page generated in 0.08393 seconds with 10 queries