In this video, Gregg and Jeff are revisiting the hazards of crepe myrtle bark scale and dive into winter pruning.
Crepe Myrtle Bark Scale
This week we’re revisiting the issue of crepe myrtle bark scale. Unfortunately, this year crepe myrtle 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 crepe myrtles might be infested? Click to visit our in-depth CMBS post to find out how to properly identify and treat this pest.
Avoiding Crepe Murder
In Arkansas, February is the ideal time to start pruning your crepe myrtles.
Keep in mind, pruning your crepe myrtle should only be done if your goal is to help shape the plant. To avoid crepe murder, it’s crucial to remember you’re not to try and greatly affect the height. If you’re worried about the size of the crepe myrtle 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 crepe myrtle? Using a pair of pruners, selectively prune the branches to achieve a smooth, even shape.
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.