A Rant Worth Reading: Crape Murder

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A Rant Worth Reading

By LarryR
March 7, 2013

Sometimes we gardeners succumb to conventional wisdom, only to discover that it may be conventional, but it's not wise.

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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Mar 6, 2013 6:06 PM CST
Hear Hear! I could not agree more. Trees all around Baton Rouge and the surrounding area have become victims to this bizarre rite of spring....to the detriment of beautiful Crape Myrtles every where. Stop the madness.....please.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Mar 7, 2013 1:35 AM CST
Perhaps cities should form "crepe murder patrols" wherever crepe myrtles grow and are butchered. They could do an ad campaign and then the patrols could don "Crepe Murder Patrol" shirts and pay friendly visits to the owners of murdered crepes. They could offer the owners a pamphlet that explains how to properly treat crepe myrtles.
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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Mar 7, 2013 9:42 AM CST
That may be an answer grin....the LSU Co-operative extension puts out the word every year...Bob Souvestre has a Sunday column in the paper and he rails against Crape murder...Local nurseries offer pruning advice....and folks keep lopping them back....and wonder why the trees split during high winds and rain.
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Mar 7, 2013 11:11 AM CST
I applaud LSU's efforts. Thumbs up I do think a personal, face-to-face encounter would be more effective if done properly.
Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Mar 7, 2013 12:36 PM CST
Plant Police....a division of the ASPCP...American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Plants....a citation for the first infraction...giving proper care and pruning info....Removal of the abused tree for the second infraction.... Whistling
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA (Zone 5a)
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LarryR
Mar 7, 2013 4:26 PM CST
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Gardener was the label imprinted on me when the souls were handed out and so be it. --Margaret Roach (Thank you, Sharon!) Notes from the Garden: Articles of interest on all aspects of gardening
Cottage-in-the-Meadow Gardens: Come on in and take the tour! Check out the photos!

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