Category Archives: Pruning

Do Crapemyrtles Really Need Pruning?

It is that time of the year when landscape crews are “pruning” crapemyrtles. I use the term “pruning” loosely since the practice is called “Crape Murder”. The yearly topping / butchering of crapemyrtle trees by landscape professionals has led to homeowners perpetuating the practice since they see it occurring in January and February throughout the county. The Crapemyrtle: Crapemyrtles (Lagerstroemia indica) are plentiful in Harris and surrounding counties growing and flowering throughout the summer. They naturally grow as upright, vase shaped trees with multiple trunks. Crapemyrtles provide landscape… Read More →