Prunning Crape Myrtles

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by DBLC, Jan 5, 2004.

  1. DBLC

    DBLC LawnSite Member
    from AR
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    When is best time to prune Crapes? Jan or Feb? ZONE 7 THANKS!!
     
  2. greensideup

    greensideup LawnSite Member
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    I am on the northern gulf coast, & we do most of ours in Jan. The extension service lists Jan/Feb as the time to do it here. Not sure what zone I'm in. SCOTT
     
  3. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
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    We will start pruning next week along with any liriope.
     
  4. Cutters Lawn Care

    Cutters Lawn Care LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 314

    Now is the best time.
     
  5. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 989

    Your best indicator on the crepe myrtle trees are complete foliage drop. Once this occurs, trim to desired shape.
    Caution - these specimen trees can easily be damaged from incorrect trimming. I would advise that you buy/check out of a library, a book on trimming these trees.
     
  6. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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  7. BGL-florida

    BGL-florida LawnSite Member
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    Now is a good time to prune crepe myrtles in general. You're essentially making sure they're dormant and that they won't begin to sprout tender shoots when it's still freezing. If you know that won't happen because of your local climate, then go ahead and prune them.

    Follow the suggestions from earlier posts to prune properly. Most landscapers wack off the tops. Over years, this weakens the trees and when it rains the lanky branches bend over and can break. Most varieties look best when the tops are left to fill out. They tend to have more blooms although the blooms tend to be smaller than when crepe myrtles are wacked off.
     
  8. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
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    In Arkansas you would be fine to prune now. Today, near Houston, we will get near 70 as the high. I usually wait until Feb 1 to do my tree and crepe trimming.
     
  9. Tim Canavan

    Tim Canavan LawnSite Member
    from Houston
    Posts: 218

    Valentine's Day is my general time. Same with the roses.
     
  10. Equipguy

    Equipguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    We started this week and usually finish up by mid Feb.
     

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