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Washington, DC
Jun 6, 2020 11:53 AM CST
It seems like our landlord engaged in some clear cutting before I got here. What do I do next?

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Name: josephine
Arlington, Texas (Zone 8a)
Hi Everybody!! Let us talk native.
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Jun 6, 2020 2:03 PM CST
Keep them moist and wait to see what the plants are, then you can decide if you want to keep them or eliminate them. Smiling
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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Jun 6, 2020 2:19 PM CST
Aren't pictures 3 and 4 Crape Myrtles? I know many people hack them down each year but that's a gardening sin to me.
Lockhart, Texas (Zone 8b)
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Jun 10, 2020 4:30 PM CST
My inclination is to always give something a chance. I wouldn't be a good landscape pro. I'd care for them with basic measures and see what they want to do. I don't think you will have all the options you would normally have with a new tree, but they may turn out to be attractive, in spite of the abuse. Just offhand, I would think in terms of encouraging them to put their efforts into bushing out, rather than growing up. I say thing because they look like things that I've seen eventually getting upwardly sprouty not likely to ever establish a taller main trunk. And to look good, they need the lower density. My gut instinct is to forego the usual impulses to prune the lower things that look like water shoots. In fact, I wouldn't prune them at all for a long time. They likely have more than enough root to support the limited foliage they're now capable of producing. They may end up a part of a full, bushy specimen. But I think they will give you some guidance themselves.

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