Crepe Myrtles Affected by Storm - Knowledgebase Question

Austin, TX (Zone 8B)
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Question by bevxprs
June 8, 2007
We had a very bad storm 5 days ago. High wind and rain. Normally my crepe myrtle bend until the leaves dry out. At this point they have not returned to their original positions. I have six 5 year-old Natchez variety trees. There are no breaks or splits in the branches. The leaves and the blooms are fine and look healthy. Help!

Answer from NGA
June 8, 2007

I am sorry for this delayed reply to your gardening question. The spring rush has brought a deluge of questions and we are working hard to catch up!

You can lean it up in a better direction. I suggest going a bit past upright as it will move back a little after you remove the guy wire later. Make sure and put a section of water hose through the guy wire to prevent it from cutting into the tree trunk. After a few months you should be able to remove the wire.

Thanks for the question. Best wishes for a wonderful gardening season. Please stop in again soon!

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