Landscape design can become overwhelming at times. From establishing a healthy, green lawn to installing shrubs and flowers for color and greenery throughout the year, it is easy to see the challenges of landscaping. Fortunately, planting one or more trees that add color and texture to your yard does not have to be difficult with the crepe myrtle. Here are a few interesting things you should know about this simple, yet elegant, tree.
You may be surprised to learn that the crepe myrtle actually loves the sun.
As a matter of fact, it will thrive in the sun, so make sure to choose a location of your yard that receives plenty of sun or at least, partial sun/shade. Without long exposure to the sun, the crepe myrtle may bloom later than usual. In addition, the flowers will not be as bright and colorful without a large amount of sun exposure.
Versatile Colors and Long-Lasting Blooms
Another interesting fact is that the crepe myrtle is available in a variety of colors, so finding one that complements your home's exterior and the rest of your landscape design is simple.
Opt for a deep red floral bloom or a classic white. You can also choose from an array of pinks and purples.
You can expect lush and vibrant blooms in the late part of spring and early weeks of summer. With proper care, the colorful blooms will last through the summer season.
Pruning Can Murder the Tree
Crepe murder is a common issue many homeowners face because they do not know the proper time or technique to use when maintaining their tree.
Improper pruning can negatively affect the tree's growth and ability to bloom each year. Crepe murder can also cause your tree to look rather unappealing for an extended period of time, leaving behind haphazard branches and stumps.
For the best care of your tree, make sure to prune the crepe myrtle in the late part of winter. Since this is when the leaves and foliage are missing, you will be able to see the branches in a more clear and concise manner.
Use sharp pruning shears to clip short, thin branches. Cut away all crossing branches and higher branches that are growing in towards the tree's center. Handheld shears should be used to cut small, thinner twigs and branches from the tree. Also, cut off suckers that are growing from the tree's base.
With proper understanding and care, you can plant and maintain a beautiful, colorful crepe myrtle. To learn more about this durable and elegant tree, contact your landscape professional or tree service today.