crepe myrtle pruning

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by GLC, Mar 21, 2010.

  1. GLC

    GLC LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 178

    How should I prune these crepe myrtles? I have about 10 of them that look like this.

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  2. jkingrph

    jkingrph LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 812

    Personally I would leave them alone, they seem to have developed their natural form as a small tree. Sometime in the past someone severely cut them back to stubbs, called pollarding, you can see the knuckles on the larger limbs where they branch out now. A good arborist calls it crepe murder.

    We had a large number of crepe myrtles around our hospital that were developing a good form, and some sob cut them back to stubbs last fall.
  3. Ronniecoleman

    Ronniecoleman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    A good rule of thumb for crape myrtles is if its larger in diameter than a pencil your cutting too much off.
  4. GLC

    GLC LawnSite Member
    from Alabama
    Messages: 178

    if I leave them alone, what can i do to get more blooms? they didnt do well last year. More water? Fertilizer?
  5. tony58

    tony58 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    I'd cut any crossed (Touching)limbs out.Then I'd cut them back 1/4 to not more than 1/3.Any thing more than that would be CRAPEMURDER...

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