Re: crepe myrtles & red tips

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Posted by Newt on September 03, 2002 at 23:50:44:

In Reply to: crepe myrtles & red tips posted by Harley on August 31, 2002 at 17:57:53:

: We purchased our house last year and our yard has several trees and shrubs. For the last couple of years no one has taken care of the yard. The crepe myrtles and redtips are trees now...not bushes. (they are over 12 feet tall) How much can I trim of each? Can I cut them in half or do I only take a third? What time of the year is the best to cut them back???
: Harley


The best time to prune a crepe myrtle is either after bloom or late winter/early spring. February to March. Actually, crepe myrtle are small trees.

The red tips are called photinia.

Here's some sites that might be helpful.

http://www.gardenseeker.com/Pruning%20made%20easy.htm#P/
http://www.ces.uga.edu/extonly/TTmar97.html
http://www.au.gardenweb.com/forums/load/trees/msg0917144627992.html
http://www.bindingstevens.com/Summer.Newsletter.2002.htm
http://www.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/B961-W.HTML#Technique
http://www.ext.vt.edu/departments/envirohort/factsheets2/shrubs/feb88pr2.html

Hope these help.
Newt

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