The crape myrtle is one of our most popular
ornamental trees. Crape cultivars vary from weeping dwarfs to others
more than 30 feet tall. Prune your crapes during dormancy.
Remove weak and dead wood, water sprouts along the branches and root
suckers. This will encourage a clean, strong and naturally shaped
skeleton. Proper pruning also results in better blooms.
Avoid drastic pruning. 'Topping' or 'heading' a tree is ill-advised, as
this not only ruins the shape of a tree but also encourages lots of
weak growth. Topping involves cutting back all the large branches
straight across, leaving ugly stubs. These stubs then put on vigorous
sprouts that are weakly attached and prone to snap in bad weather. This
in turn makes the tree more susceptible to insects and disease. A lot of us make goofs when pruning, such as the mistake illustrated here. Often you can correct your errors.
As you inspect your crape before pruning, look for improper pruning
cuts from last year. To correct the situation if you have a stub between
two shoots, prune away one of the shoots. Then remove the ugly stub.
This cut will heal and a single stem or branch will form giving your
tree cleaner lines -
Reference: Houston Chronicle, 1997
Now is the time to start applying weed and feed to your beautiful yard! Here are some tips that were passed on to us that we would like to share with you.
Bonus S Maxx (Atrazine + Bifenthrin) -> Good on St. Augustine ONLY! Apply then water in.
HJE Weed & Feed (15-5-10 w/ Trimec) -> Good on Bermuda and St. Augustine. Apply when weeds are tall, water first, then apply.