Pruning Crape Myrtles
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Author:  dohland [ Mon Mar 21, 2005 8:57 am ]
Post subject:  Pruning Crape Myrtles

My neighbor cut his beautiful crape myrtle trees basicly in half yesterday. Why is this practice so common? Is there any information out that I can read and inform others why not to prune crape mrytles so drastically.

Author:  kbrew [ Mon Mar 21, 2005 9:24 am ]
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This is a much-debated topic on this forum. Use the "Search" feature above for "crape myrtle pruning" and you will find all the info you could ever want on this topic. In my opinion, the annual rite of topping them is a monkey-see-monkey-do tradition that started many years ago. I don't think you will find many here that recommend "topping" but you will get a good debate on whether they should be pruned at all.

Author:  Tricky Grama [ Mon Mar 21, 2005 7:38 pm ]
Post subject:  crepe myrtles

Even Neil Sperry says NOT to cut the crepe myrtles! (I "accidentaly" heard him Sat am)

Author:  Gar [ Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:25 pm ]
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:) Patty, I believe you heard Neil Sperry on Saturday because you were in the process of tuning your radio to 820 to listen to The Dirt Doc. You started out on the high end of the dial, because you were listening to music and realized it was almost 11:00 am and the good Dirt Doc comes on at 11:00. As you were tuning the radio you paused a moment because you heard somthing about gardening. When you realized it was not the good Dirt Doc, you continued on your way to 820. Once you heard Howards voice, you knew you were on the right frequency. You settled into your over stuffed recliner for an hour of good organic advice.

Author:  Tricky Grama [ Wed Mar 23, 2005 7:26 am ]
Post subject:  Neil

Wow-that's MY STORY & I'm stickin' to it! (actually, I had to work Sat & heard it very early in the car.) But next time I need an alibi...

Author:  Gar [ Wed Mar 23, 2005 6:44 pm ]
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Glad you liked your story. Your post inspired me to write it. Any time you need one, let me know I'll dream one up for you.

Author:  Tree Dude [ Wed Mar 23, 2005 8:13 pm ]
Post subject:  Sperry's Texas Organic Gardening

I really want him to understand the organic methods. He has mention organic gardening and composting in his big book. Somtimes, I do read his magazines just to see what's up ,but I just skip all spraying techniques. Using dangerous stuff around the yard makes no sense at all. The organic method doesn't make common sense;it makes good sense. Maybe if someone show him and others the organic methods (may I add: be nice,too!), they may convert into organic gardeners themselves. But don't have the "I told you!" type attitude. Hmm... he might change the mags as "Sperry's Organic Gardening." But if you show them the truth step by step, and they refuse to change, then that is a bigger issue than organics vs. chemicals, which is their dumb pride . Remember, a lot of us also was not organics as well at first.In fact, I did not even knew what the word "organic" was. I thought it was something big and spooky in a difficult chemistry class or something. But I kept on learning more and more from listening HG and reading other authors about organic methods til I actually like it and know more. The organic gardening is actually fun and interesting instead of boring,hot, nothing-to-do type yard work.
My thoughts.

Tree Dude

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