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Old 05-28-2015, 11:28 AM
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I do not have a green thumb and decided to build my flower bed. Long story short, I dug up a 8ft-10ft Crepe Myrtle from a relatives house and planted it in my flower bed. We tried saving as much of the root as we could when we dug it up. We used 2 bags of fertilizer/planting soil for trees from Home Depot and placed this under/around the roots. We planted the tree a month ago. We water the tree three times a week if there is no rain and it's in the 80's or higher. The leaves all fell two weeks ago and the branches look dry (I haven't broken one to check the center) and look dead. The trunk looks like it's still alive. I haven't cut back the original branches and wasn't sure if that would help with the tree. It clearly went into shock and I don't know what to do. ( I did till and mix the soil before planting the tree ) I don't know what to do, if I need to trim the branches or if this is normal.
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Old 05-28-2015, 03:56 PM
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Normally, its better to transplant stuff in the dorment season. I expect your Crepe M. Was starting its spring growth. Its aso possible you may have used too much fertilizer. In any case, you have nothing to lose now. Most folks Drastically prune CM in the dorment system back to the main trunk and that is what I would do. About 3 or 4 feet tall sounds right.
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Old 05-28-2015, 04:40 PM
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I really appreciate the reply! I think I'm gunna try cutting it back. ( I mean it couldn't look any worse) I hope I didn't kill the tree wish I knew it was better to move it when it is dormant.
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