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Feb
03
It's that time of year!!!

Welcome to the McGuire's February Service newsletter. This is the time of year when many of our customers begin to inquire about trimming up their Crape Myrtles.
Please review the following article for more information that will hopefully answer your questions about Crape myrtle trimming. When to trim? How to trim? As well as benefits of trimming this way.

Our crews are trained to properly trim up crape myrtles and are happy to provide this service to you!

The Time to Prune Crape Myrtles (Courtesy of Wilson Bros)

Wrong-season pruning would mean November and December. Don't Let "peer pressure" by neighbors and commercial gardening crews get to you. The reason is simple: we usually don't have much of a winter in Zone 8. If you trim the crapes in the last two months of the year, and we get a warming trend in January or February, the trees might actually start putting on new growth. And that new growth will be incredibly susceptible to freezing weather should it come on the heels of a warm spell. So, the best time to prune crape myrtles is February. For years, we've suggested this as a great time to trim them, because at that time we're also trimming back our roses and many other plants and trees.

When a crape myrtle is pruned correctly:

* It will produce twice the number of blooms as it did during the previous year.

* The new branches will be strong enough to support blooms.

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