It’s pruning time for crape myrtles. Check out what John The Plant Man has to say about the issue.
Zen and the art of crape myrtle pruning.
Of all the questions I am asked about landscaping and gardening, I think most frequently asked is about how to prune crape myrtles. While thinking about the complex answer to this question, I have come up with the idea that we should talk about “shaping” the plant instead of “pruning” or “cutting back”. Learning to grow a plant is one thing, shaping it is an art form.
A 40 ft. tall uncut crape makes nice shade but few blooms
I guess that the first part of the answer is that a crape myrtle will grow just fine without any pruning at all. It may turn out to be a large bush or it may turn out to be a tall tree. In the deep south, these plants are commonly grown as shade trees. They will become rather large if left untouched—and if…
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I lost my vocal cords a while back due to throat cancer. The laryngectomy sent me on a quest to find and learn to use my new, altered voice. I am able to talk now with a really small and neat new prosthesis.
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