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Definition of crepe murder

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Definition as written by Terry:

A tongue-in-cheek description of severe, annual pruning of crepe (or crape) myrtles. These tall bushes/small trees are often among the last plants to leaf out and some gardeners will prune them severely in late winter. This causes them to not only lose their natural graceful form, but will stimulate the growth of suckers, which can cause crowding and pest problems near the base of the plant.

Much better to wait until they begin to leaf out, then clip off any winter kill and/or remaining seed heads, leaving most of the branches at their natural height and completely removing any branches that interfere with the health or aesthetics of the plant's form.

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