Serving and Loving Trees in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
Why is Topping Crape Myrtles (and Other Trees) Bad?
In late winter and early spring, it is common to see crape myrtles in North Texas with all of their canopies and upper branches removed, leaving only standing trunks. Understandably called “topping,” as the top…
What To Do With Freeze-Damaged Ash and Elm Trees
The information in this article applies only to certain types of trees, such as elms, ashes, figs, crape myrtles, and even some other landscape plants like loropetalum. For information on what to do with your…
My Crape Myrtles Aren’t Blooming! Are They Dead?
Like other trees and shrubs, crape myrtles in North Texas are not adapted to hard freezes like we had in February 2021. However, crape myrtles are hardier than many other area plants, and should recover…
Best Way to Top a Crape Myrtle? Don’t.
The most common mistake made in caring for crape myrtles is the practice of “topping.” Topping involves removing branches and trunks from the top down, trimming all material above a certain height. Usually, all leaves,…
When is the Best Time to Trim Trees?
Tree trimming or tree pruning in Texas is generally best when done after temperatures cool off in the fall and before buds begin to grow in the spring. Removal of dead, broken, or damaged limbs…