Save the Crepe Myrtles With Professional Tree Trimming

Gainesville tree trimmingWith its vivid, eye catching blooms, a crepe myrtle is a gorgeous addition to any yard. Unfortunately, a popular pruning technique is putting these beautiful trees at risk.

Crepe murder

Unofficially known as “crepe murder,” this damaging trimming method transforms the lovely crepe myrtle into an unattractive, unstable stump. But not to worry! Our Gainesville tree service company is here to help you avoid the sad fate of so many hapless homeowners.

Crepe murder occurs when all of the branches of a crepe myrtle are pruned to the same level. Instead of giving each branch individual pruning attention, they are all cut to identical lengths. This method not only results in an unsightly stump of a tree, but it also sacrifices the structural integrity of the crepe myrtle’s branches.

Weak shoots sprout from the ends of the pruned branches. These thin shoots are unable to effectively support the weight of the tree’s blooming flowers, causing them to bend towards the ground.

As the crepe myrtle matures, the aging trunk forms a lovely mottled bark. This picturesque bark is one of the many reasons the crepe myrtle remains a favored landscaping staple. Incorrect tree trimming technique prevents the formation of mature bark, taking away from the natural beauty of the crepe myrtle.

Pruning for healthier, more beautiful trees

Fortunately, there’s a simple fix to “crepe murder” Our experienced tree service team knows how to correctly prune crepe myrtles so that they remain lush and strong. We use a structurally sound pruning method that encourages these gorgeous trees to have long, healthy lives.

Is crepe murder a problem in your neighborhood? When you need tree trimming in Gainesville, contact Mr. Tree and Lawn Service for affordable tree service from a company with over a decade of experience and an A+ Better Business Bureau rating!


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