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Old 10-06-2017, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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I was hoping pruning to the ground would kill them. However, it just caused the roots to send up hundreds of shoots.


..... which you will have to dig up now, or put up with an ugly bush. Geesh.
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Old 10-06-2017, 12:39 PM
 
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I pruned mine level with the ground.
Myrterer! LOL
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Old 10-06-2017, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Heart of Dixie
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..... which you will have to dig up now, or put up with an ugly bush. Geesh.
And??? Geesh
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Old 10-06-2017, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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If pruning killed Crepe Myrtles they'd be an endangered species. They are like Bermuda grass -- they just keep coming back whether you want them to or not.
I'm not sure the stuff that guy used on Toomer's Oaks would even kill them.
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Old 10-07-2017, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mntns., NC
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They are so pretty as trees ... once they become a "bush" they will bloom, but not as pretty. A nice tallish crepe myrtle has the 'trunks' which tend to wrap around each other straight up, giving a look at one trunk and the flowering half at the top forms a 'canopy' which is very pretty. Of course, you need to prune the lower branches off in the fall to get that look, and as I mentioned, cut those 'suckers' from the base. There should be some good southern websites for flowering trees and how to handle them so they thrive.
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Old 10-07-2017, 05:19 PM
 
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Mine never grow so i don't have a problem.
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Old Today, 11:43 AM
 
Location: U.S.A.
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The crepe murder method is the way to do it in Indianapolis and the surrounding suburbs, as most or all typical Central Indiana winters would kill off the above ground growth anyway(but the roots usually survive most of the time in the selection of “root-hardy” cultivars of crepe myrtles), so I guess that unless I want to be left with an ugly ***** top killed crepe myrtle, then I would not prune it to the ground
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