“How do you spell ‘crate myrtle’?”
“I think it is c-r-e-t-e.”
So went a recent conversation between me and Meg. A few days later, the arrival of Meg’s copy of Southern Living set us both straight. The cover announced an article concerning the proper pruning of “crepe myrtles.” It seems the standard practice of beheading the bushes at chest height is not the best method to ensure beautiful upright blooms.
I spent an hour or so hacking branches from the tree in our front yard trying to make it look like the pictures in the magazine. It looks a little strange compared to the neighbor’s trees (which have been topped, lopped and chopped). I’ll post some pictures soon and there will be a follow-up later this spring when the trees start blooming. If my trees don’t look better than my neighbor’s, then this will be my last time to carefully prune my crepe myrtles.
Update:Pictures added: 03-18-2007