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By Dakota McDonald/The Post Dispatch—
Here we go again. Some folks are already hacking on their crape myrtles. “If you want your crape myrtles to survive the South Plains erratic winter weather, you should never heavily prune them, also known as crape murder,” said Christina Reid, Lubbock County Horticulture Agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. “Just like our other landscape trees, you should only prune dead branches, rubbing or touching branches, or sucker growth from the base or along the trunk. Topping and major thinning should always be avoided.” Pruning crape myrtles late in the year decreases cold hardiness, and as we all know we periodically go from a balmy breeze to a polar vortex.
Topping crape myrtles causes them to sucker more at the base, leading to more…
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