Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Trimming crepe myrtle

Hi Anne,

We live in Myrtle Beach and have crepe myrtle trees in our front yard. I would like to trim them now & how do you trim them? Thanks, Pat

Anne's response:

Trim crepe myrtles in March before they start putting on new growth. If you prune a crepe myrtle in the fall it tries to put on new growth and it gets killed with the first hard freeze. As with any tree or shrub you cut out limbs that cross or rub against another limb, branches that grow out underneath a main branch and dead or injured branches. Many feel that if you remove any stems that are smaller in diameter that a “number 2” lead pencil you have better stems to hold blooms.

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