Don’t Murder Your Myrtles!

If you have crape myrtles in your yard, you’re not alone–these beautiful trees are very popular in the American Southeast, and whether you spell it “crape myrtle” or “crepe myrtle”, it’s easy to see why so many people love them. They have beautiful flowers, lovely fall colors, and even attractive bark. Crape myrtles are best pruned in the winter because those beautiful blossoms only come from new growth. Before you pick up the pruning shears, though, check out these tips from 3AM Growers for how to prune your crape myrtles.

First of all, know that you don’t have to prune your crape myrtles so far they look like nothing but stumps. “Crape murder” isn’t necessary, and it can actually be detrimental to your trees, both aesthetically and physically. If your myrtle is getting too big, make sure you have the right plant in the right place–most myrtles grow to about 30 feet. Maybe it’s time to think about transplanting a problematic tree.

Crepe Myrtle Pruning Tips:

  • Start small. Remember, you can always go back and prune more, but you can’t put limbs back!
  • Aim for well-spaced branches that a bird could fly between.
  • Cut suckers (new growth) coming from the base of the tree first, and all side branches up to about four feet off the ground.

At 3AM Growers we stock many varieties of crepe myrtle trees to make a beautiful and useful addition to your home or business landscaping, blocking the view of roads, industrial spaces, and more! Contact us and let’s create beauty and privacy in your yard.

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