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Old 02-20-2020, 11:01 PM
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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.
Sorry, this is not standard maintenance except by substandard maintenance people.
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Old 02-20-2020, 11:08 PM
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Cutting crepe myrtles to the stubs is a normal trimming procedure. Most people cut them every year in February. I have 3 of them that I cut every year. Don't worry. They come back fast and thicker with more flowers each time it is done. They will be just as tall as before in no time once the growing season starts next month.
I will sound like your mother, if most people jumped off a bridge would you do it? It is not the right thing to do and it is like the blind leading the blind. It creates weak stems, big blooms that the weak stems have a difficult time holding and breakage if it's windy or a storm.
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Old 02-20-2020, 11:14 PM
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I had one and always cut it back in spring. It will come back no worries.
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Old 02-20-2020, 11:18 PM
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And where does the master gardner get his info. HMMM....
Years of training by University of Florida agricultural and horticultural professionals.
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Old 02-21-2020, 05:43 AM
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Give it time tree will regrow better then ever.. blooming all the way..
Best to be cut each year..
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Old 02-21-2020, 05:45 AM
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Most wait to late to trim the tree..I always trimmed late fall right after blooming season.. look around the villages..
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Old 02-21-2020, 05:46 AM
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So how do you kill a root system of a crepe Myrtle? My plumber is warming me they the roots of a tree I just cut and grinned down will eventually tear up my cement patio and maybe even break my water lines. Previous owners planted these trees too close to the house. Any recommendations to ensure the root system dies?
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Old 02-21-2020, 08:12 AM
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Drill a hole in what's left of the stump and pour straight roundup or vegetation killer in the hole and then cover with plastic wrap. This will kill any remaining roots.
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Old 02-21-2020, 09:04 AM
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Why do people think one type of pruning is "wrong" vs. another? Who can say what is wrong or right? It's a plant---do what you want.
Yes, there is a “wrong” way, and that is any way other than what the owner wants. That is the main point of the OP. They asked them not to do it, and they did it anyway.
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Old 02-21-2020, 09:37 AM
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Your tree was not “murdered”, it’s definitely still alive. Chill out as this was just a mistake and a communication problem. I don’t want you to get the guy who made the mistake fired.
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Old 02-21-2020, 11:00 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.
But remember toeser, they said they cut it down to 50” (5 ft.) that’s basicly just the trunk of the tree. Not saying you’re wrong but I’m sure you just trimmed yours didn’t you? We lived in The Villages, FL. for 8 yrs. & our Myrtle just got trimmed in early spring. The nursery we bought from told us how to care for it, they said not to trim it like the city does along our city streets. If they just planted it, I’m guessing it won’t make it!
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Old 02-21-2020, 12:16 PM
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the flower clusters in pruned crape myrtles tend to be larger than those from unpruned plants.
I’m a Buckeye too. Yes, you said the right word, Pruned. The original comment said they told the pruners not to touch.the myrtle & now they cut it down to 50”. (5 ft.) that’s a stump. Personally I think they just Murdered Myrtle!
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Old 02-21-2020, 05:07 PM
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we maintain crepe myrtles at several hoa/condo communities - you can see how these flourish when pruned ea yr to the knuckle - not how they turn into scrub trees when they get no care
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Old 02-21-2020, 05:11 PM
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no idea why the 3rd didn't post - trying this
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Old 02-21-2020, 09:06 PM
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we maintain crepe myrtles at several hoa/condo communities - you can see how these flourish when pruned ea yr to the knuckle - not how they turn into scrub trees when they get no care
Where did you get that picture of the un-murdered tree? We have never cut ours to the knuckle, and they are gorgeous and graceful. When the knuckled ones start to grow, they throw out long shoots that look like the suckers that come out of the base of a trunk. In the meantime, they look horrible. That first picture looks worse than the second one, in my opinion.
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