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Crape Murder has begun

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whatchamacallit 1
zapper007 1
AwesomeTattooedDragon 4
RedMulch 4
Gigix4 5
SagaciousSighFiGurl 2
TinktheSprite 5
andreweggplant 1
Emperor of Kingwood 1
mutton 6

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Gigix4 --- 7 years ago -

It's so sad to see how the yard crews are murdering the Crepe Myrtles all over the "hood". 

RedMulch --- 7 years ago -

I thought you were trying to make crepes. lol...after all, CafĂ© Dubois is closing. 

Gigix4 --- 7 years ago -

I thought you were trying to make crepes. lol.

Heck NO! I don't even make regular pancakes much less crepes. :) 

RedMulch --- 7 years ago -

I know the feeling. I just can't understand why we have ovens and cooktops and refrigerators anymore....lol. I only need a microwave. 

SagaciousSighFiGurl (Mod) --- 7 years ago -

Idiots! Fools! Bone heads! 

RedMulch --- 7 years ago -

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Idiots! Fools! Bone heads!



You are talking about the plant murderers and not Gigi and I, right? lol 

Gigix4 --- 7 years ago -

Idiots! Fools! Bone heads!

Yup! It makes my head/heart hurt to see what they are doing to them!


I just can't understand why we have ovens and cooktops and refrigerators anymore....lol.
Just thinking that same thing over the last couple of days. Been having problems with my gas cooktop and the repair dude said the problem was not the unit but in the gas supply line. Called Centerpoint to check out the supply line and meter, and he said nothing was wrong and it had to be in the unit. Well ... now that I'm caught in the middle, I'm wondering if I need to keep after the repair folks - maybe the problem is that I don't use the cooktop enough! LOL 

SagaciousSighFiGurl (Mod) --- 7 years ago -

No Red, you guys are fine! Lol

The murdering of the Myrtle's is annoying ! 

Emperor of Kingwood --- 7 years ago -

Pruning them is necessary for early and strong blooms. 

TinktheSprite --- 7 years ago -

I love the natural crepe myrtles grown on the median in front of The Harley Dealership. I've watched those grow in the past 23 years and pruned only to keep the lower branches off the cars. They are beautifully kept tree specimens. Why don't those same tree guys take care of all of our crepe myrtles? 

AwesomeTattooedDragon --- 7 years ago -

good question- 

mutton --- 7 years ago -

They are beautiful, except when along a driveway or pool, lol. 

andreweggplant --- 7 years ago -

So many schools of thought on how to trim a crepe... At least it is a very resilient tree that recovers quickly and generates beautiful blooms. 

TinktheSprite --- 7 years ago -

The trees along the road near Office Depot look like this! Ughhh

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This could lead to this type of ugliness:
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Trimming up a tree is one thing. The above is Crepe Murder and totally unnecessary. 

Gigix4 --- 7 years ago -

Looks like some of my neighbors "murders"! I've always believed the experts when they say "never cut anything larger than a pencil".

Some of the one's I've seen were "trimmed" with a chain saw! It's murder I tell ya' ... murder! 

TinktheSprite --- 7 years ago -

Did you see what they did to those beautiful Rain Trees, I think they are, along the 59 Feeder near Los Cucos? The last 3-4 must belong to the bank because they didn't touch those and they bloom out perfectly. 

RedMulch --- 7 years ago -

I have no idea about plants. What grows, grows.

I have a really pretty crepe myrtle and and some type of lily that has appeared in my backyark since I lived here and I have had nothing to do with it. I just take what God gives me. 

mutton --- 7 years ago -

867 is one to ask for sure, or is twinkles now i believe. 

mutton --- 7 years ago -

Oh wait, tink! Sorry... 

whatchamacallit --- 7 years ago -

Emperor of Kingwood --- 1 days ago - quote - hide comments
Pruning them is necessary for early and strong blooms.?



Pruning is an art, what these trees often get are a butchering! Yes, prune if you must but don't cut any large branches that are healthy or growing correctly. I have seen huge crepe myrtles, taller than houses, and they are gorgeous when they bloom! 

AwesomeTattooedDragon --- 7 years ago -

amen. 

TinktheSprite --- 7 years ago -

Well, in those cases, Red, you are doing the right thing leaving the Crepe Myrtle to it's own graces as well as other naturalized plants and flowers. If they come back strong every year, then you are doing something right!

Most people wouldn't even think about trimming an Oak (except for the dangerous branches) What is done to Crepe Myrtles that aren't bothering anyone is horrible. They are TREES. If you have to trim them up that severely, likely it doesn't belong where it's growing. The silly thing is, there are Dwarf varieties of CM's as well as low-growing types. Why not plant those if you don't want them to be tall?? I don't get it??

We had 5 CM's when we moved into this house. I knew they were planted too close to the house. They had been murdered 3-4 times as far as I could tell. We brought them back to life and healed their wounds. We trimmed them away from the house and eves, hoping they would grow over the top of the roof. They did, but they also looked funny, leaning away from the house as they matured, not to mention the gunk they left in the gutters. There was no way to keep them. It ached my heart to have them removed. But they simply didn't belong. 

AwesomeTattooedDragon --- 7 years ago -

I wish people would think before planting something in the ground that's too close to the house, or will get too tall- I agree it heartbreaking to kill a healthy plant- 

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mutton --- 7 years ago -

House we in now people had planted one right next to pool. Was small yet, but knew eventually would be a headache. 

Gigix4 --- 7 years ago -

House we in now people had planted one right next to pool.

That happened here as well. Cut that thing down, next to the ground, drilled some holes in the stump and filled them with Round Up - tree is now gone! Thank Goodness! 

mutton --- 7 years ago -

Is sad to do though! and the guy was supposedly a tree guy! Guess was his first pool. 

TinktheSprite --- 7 years ago -

He might have been a tree guy but not a pool guy!

It takes Mom nature so long to grow these trees and plants to maturity. Not to mention the challenges like droughts, not enough sunny days, not too much wind and rain. Yet, they flourish. But for someone not to take the time to plant things in it's correct location, it is a shame. Most of the time, the the plant or tree tries so hard for a long time no matter what we do to them. Its not always their fault they are ugly, lanky or not blooming. 

mutton --- 7 years ago -

Yes Tink! If one goes we do try to plant another and make sure is one which will work well in that area. 

zapper007 --- 7 years ago -

To trim - or not to trim...

That is the question...opinions are welcome... 

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