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Winter Pruning

In this video, Gregg and Jeff are revisiting the hazards of crapemyrtle bark scale and dive into winter pruning.

Crapemyrtle Bark Scale

This week we’re revisiting the issue of crapemyrtle bark scale. Unfortunately, this year crapemyrtle bark scale has the potential to be very prevalent in Arkansas. Due to inconsistent weather patterns in the fall of 2019, many plants didn’t have the chance to properly ‘harden off.’ Combine this with a general lack of preparation and treatment, and there’s a high risk of bark scale spreading this spring.

Think your crapemyrtles might be infested? Click to visit our in-depth CMBS post to find out how to properly identify and treat this pest.

Avoiding Crape Murder

In Arkansas, February is the ideal time to start pruning your crapemyrtles. Keep in mind, pruning your crapemyrtle should only be done if your goal is to help shape the plant. To avoid crapemurder, it’s crucial to remember you’re not to try and greatly affect the height. If you’re worried about the size of the crapemyrtle not fitting the space, it’s best to consider transplanting the plant. Over-pruning will lead to knobby branches that the plant will never grow out of.

Wanting to shape your crapemyrtle? Using a pair of pruners, selectively prune the branches to achieve a smooth, even shape.

For more information on pruning your crapemyrtle effectively, read this post that covers all the details or visit our YouTube channel.

Gardenia Winter Burn

Your gardenia may have sustained some winter burn in the past few months. By this time of year, it should become clear what on your Gardenia will bloom what will need to be pruned.

Using your pruners, simply snip dead stems along the edges. Use care so as to not snip any emerging blooms. The only slight risk that comes with pruning your gardenia is the damage it could experience if another cold snap blows through before spring.

Easily Prune Japanese Maples

Japanese Maples can be tidied up using just your hands. Selectively snap twigs that look to be dead, and easily prepare this plant for the coming spring.