Have you been out and about enjoying the spring weather recently? Did you notice all the funny looking crape myrtles? You know, the ones with no tops? They look like piles of sticks popping out of the ground. Where did they come from?
Your guess is as good as mine. Apparently some people think it’s good practice to hack apart these trees with a meat cleaver. We call this Crape Murder. It’s the act of cutting a crape myrtle back to some indiscriminate location along the trunk. The technical industry term for this act is “non-selective heading cuts.” This basically means somebody pruned a crape myrtle without knowledge of tree biology, proper pruning, and the negative repercussions of such an act.
To properly prune a crape myrtles requires knowledge and training. We wrote an article called “Crape Myrtles: A Tale of Love, Murder, and Proper Pruning” that we hope will give you some of the necessary knowledge required to properly prune a crape myrtle. In addition, we created a video providing step-by-step instructions on what to prune and how to prune it.
Take a look at the article and video then let us know what you think. Were they helpful? Happy pruning!