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Crepe Myrtle Pruning
Posted on Dec 21st, 2015 Comments (0)
Crape myrtles (Lagerstroemia indica) are everywhere in North Texas, but this time of year, many residents engage in a strange and unnecessary practice affecting these helpless trees.
Though many North Texas residents permit the excessive pruning of crape myrtles commonly referred to as “topping,” it is more often than not because they’ve seen another neighbor do the same than for any other arborilogical reason. Topping trees is certainly not for the purpose of aesthetics!
Left to their own devices, hardy crape myrtle trees produce a beautiful growth habit that is naturally balanced and rounded. After landscapers engage in crape myrtle “topping,” the trees attempt to re-sprout profusely at the site of the cuts in an attempt to repair the damage, which results in uncontrolled growth. As topping continues season after season, the excessive growth eventually becomes so thick around the outer branches that it can prevent light and air from reaching the inner canopy, potentially resulting in disease or decay of inner branches.
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