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Crape Myrtle Murder!

It is that time of year again when Crape Murder happens. There's NO REASON to trim the crape myrtle trees back to the knuckle. We quit pruning ours years ago and our trees are prettier than all the crape myrtles that have been pruned. I made this video a couple of years ago. At this time of year I always see the poor pruned trees. It is time to stop the Crape Murder!!

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Comment balloon 10 commentsMarchel Peterson • February 20 2013 06:47PM


Marchel, thanks for this tip. I don't have any crape myrtles but I hope to soon. I will remember this.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) almost 8 years ago

I totally agree. We never do this. This is not to say that we do not shape ours up some, but that is CRAZY!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) almost 8 years ago

Neil Sperry talks about this in Dallas on his gardening show. You are right.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 8 years ago
Hi Marchel, How nice to see you again blogging. You have been missed. How are things in Spring Texas? So glad you stopped by. We have many Crape Myrtle's here around Balboa Park and they never seem to have been cut back.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) almost 8 years ago

Marchel so good to see you.   I do hope your video will inspire others to stop the Crape murder.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 8 years ago

Marchel, No crepe myrtles in our corner of Ohio, always enjoyed their blooms when we lived in the South.

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 almost 8 years ago


It makes me sad to see a beautiful tree hacked back to 3" or 4" calipers, and it is certainly that time of year.

A local office park landscape assassin cut about 40 crape myrtles lining the entrance back to 18" off the ground a couple of years ago, and killed them all.  The dead stumps remain and look like WWI tank traps.

Forget gun control.  We need chain saw control!

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) almost 8 years ago

Hi Marchel,  I so agree!  Some people are trim happy.  I hate to see a man with pruning shears in his hands! :)

Posted by Ricki Eichler McCallum, Broker,GRI,ABR, e-Pro, TAHS (CastNet Realty) almost 8 years ago

Hi all, Thanks for coming by.  I don't come over here too often but it is so nice to see friendly faces.  I wish the crape murder would stop but it is alive and well in my area.  I am still driving by these poor scalped trees.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) over 7 years ago

Well I could not find the video.... but I could barely watch it anyway... I feel the same way you do about them being cut back to the knuckle. I have six that are aligned along the eastern side of my driveway. They are about 30' tall and are a nice shade for my cars. I will never cut them back.

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) over 6 years ago

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