Tips to avoid 'crape murder'
I’ve received a dozen or more phone calls during the past month or so regarding pruning various landscape plants. The majority of the callers have either inquired into the proper timing for pruning shade trees or crape myrtles. Today I want to discuss the latter because of a disturbing trend in the landscape industry, especially throughout the South, known as “crape murder.” And, unfortunately, it is occurring earlier and earlier each year. “Crape murder” refers to the practice of topping crape myrtles which gives them a crew-cut appearance.