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Pruning Crepe Myrtles: A How-To Guide


Known both as crepe myrtles and crape myrtles, this beautiful flowering southern tree thrives year round, offering spectators a visual treat no matter the season. Boasting eye-catching blooms and attractive bark, this flowering tree blooms on new wood. That means pruning is essential to the success of this tree. Winter and early spring are ideal times to get out the pruners because they are leafless, which makes it easier to spot the branches. But don’t just hack away. There is a method to the madness! Here are some tips:

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Your Guide to Pruning Hydrangeas


Hydrangeas are a common plant in the South and are thus included in many home and business landscapes. Many home owners and landscapers mistakenly think the best time to prune these bushes is in February; however, this isn’t entirely true when you take a look at how these flowers develop. According to the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, some hydrangeas bloom on “old wood” while others on “new wood.” If they are on old wood, this means the blooms are produced by buds stemming from the previous summer; buds forming on this year’s growth show up on new wood. As an example, big leaf and oak leaf bloom on old wood; smooth and Panicle hydrangeas bloom on new wood.

Pruning shrubs that bloom on old wood right after flowering will prevent the removal of the developing buds for next year. August is when the next year’s buds start to form. Shrubs on new wood would be best pruned in late winter or early spring so new blooms are encouraged. Check out these maintenance tips:

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Trimming a Crepe Myrtle


If you have a crepe myrtle tree in your yard, you know how beautiful it can be in all seasons, with its stunning blooms and attractive bark. They thrive well in the south, producing beautiful flowers in the summer and brilliant colors in the fall. Ideal as a year-round accent for your yard, this tree’s scientific name is Lagerstroemia, a type of deciduous small tree native to India, northern Australia, and Oceania. While not too hard to care for, crepe myrtles do need a little bit of TLC to ensure they look great throughout the year.

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