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Old 02-20-2020, 06:55 AM
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I hack mine off every year and it regrows at least 8 feet. No need to replace it, but you do deserve at least an apology from your care service.
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Old 02-20-2020, 07:01 AM
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Agree with the others. This is standard maintenance for this type of tree. We learned that when we lived in TN. Scalped it in Feb to make room for the new growth. It grew taller and fuller each year.
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Old 02-20-2020, 07:16 AM
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Relax. Pruning is normal and should be done each year usually in March.
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Old 02-20-2020, 07:25 AM
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It makes them thicker with more blooms, TV has straggling look crappy
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Old 02-20-2020, 07:31 AM
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fire them and find someone else to do the cutting. after they replace the tree
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Old 02-20-2020, 07:36 AM
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Be patient ….It will come back.
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Old 02-20-2020, 07:39 AM
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For maximum blooms and beauty, they should be trimmed back around the first of February every year.
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Old 02-20-2020, 07:45 AM
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What they did is exactly what they should do. You cut them back, way back, and they will come out beautifully. You do not need another tree! Promise.
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Old 02-20-2020, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Marathon Man View Post
In Georgia, Crape Myrtles are very popular. Most people cut them in the spring, exactly as you described. By the end of June, they are regrown and thriving.
thx for your reply, based on what you said, i was able to uncover a wealth on info on these lovely trees. you are correct. thx!
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Old 02-20-2020, 08:00 AM
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Let it go! They know how to prune a crape myrtle it’s their job. I’m April you’ll appreciate them.
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Old 02-20-2020, 08:25 AM
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Will come back. Be patient. If you do not repeat cut that way, and trim properly, it will rebound and look terrific.
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Old 02-20-2020, 08:30 AM
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It will come back beautiful in the Spring. Mine get cut back every year, just like that, and they Bloom Beautifully in the Spring.
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Old 02-20-2020, 08:31 AM
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Sorry to hear about the tree being murdered. When we lived in Alabama we had close to 50 on our property. The ones that did the best were never cut back like yours. The ones close to the house that were trimmed back developed the knuckles and looked bad until the new growth came out. They never looked as good as the unpruned ones. We have 6 here and I will never murder them as they are not close to the house.

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Old 02-20-2020, 08:32 AM
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the flower clusters in pruned crape myrtles tend to be larger than those from unpruned plants.
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Old 02-20-2020, 08:43 AM
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Default Crepe Murder articles and videos.

There are many articles and videos on “crepe murder,” why NOT to do it, and what to do if it happens. I suggest people review the available material.
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