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Discussion in 'Florida Lawn Care Forum' started by Landscape Poet, Jan 19, 2011.
Thanks for the info
How I trim them varies from one property/location to another. I just focus on not trimming more than 1/3 of the plant. I really don't think that there is a right/wrong way to trim or not to trim Crepe's, I think it boils down to personal preference. Basically like other plants, it's the customers choice.
This link is a great way to understand what happens to a topped crape myrtle... for those interested.
I don't top them to a ridiculous level, I either pollard cut them or just cut them back a little to cut the seed heads and stuff off. Like I said, it depends on the location. with the 1/2 - 1/6 acre lots that are so common in this area there is not room to let the big crepe's grow to a natural size. A while ago when I still worked for the school board, they had some crepe's planted along the street/entrance way and you had to top/pollard cut them for access & visibility reasons. Like I say, like with most other plants, it depends on the location.
Here is a photo Rob7233 next to a murdered crape we spotted while we were out last week.
Christ, I've had better pictures of me taken before.... Thanks, Michael
Now the big question:
Does anyone know how and when this custom of pruning Crepe Mrytles real hard all began?
I am not positive but I am taking a guess it was about the time when first commercial landscape crew was invented.
By the way your welcome for the photo.
Nope, fill us in.
One might even guess that it started in the Garden of Eden, when Eve saw the snake in the tree and all that trouble started. Well, that tree was said to be a Crepe Mrytle and it's been cut short ever since so no more snakes can hide ....
Yea, Eden was perfect until Eve had to eat that damn apple. I throw that at the wife every now and then.
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