Overgrown Crape Myrtle

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by clayslandscape, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    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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  2. corey4671

    corey4671 LawnSite Silver Member
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    right now, as far back as you want.
     
  3. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Crape myrtles do better when not topped each year, perhaps some thinning...
     
  4. clayslandscape

    clayslandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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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.
     
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
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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.
     
  6. ReddensLawnCare

    ReddensLawnCare LawnSite Bronze Member
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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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  7. weeze

    weeze LawnSite Fanatic
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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.
     
  8. TX Easymoney

    TX Easymoney LawnSite Platinum Member
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    True...

    They wont bloom better when cut back, they want sun generally and to grow really tall. Aphids eat them up
     
  9. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    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!
     
  10. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    I missed this post but that's pretty much it.
     

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