- Sep 19, 2021
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Thank you so much! A few more questions. Sooo I should not cut anything with loppers until mid winter? And does this look okay to you? And would I then stake it in spring or is that not necessary if I’m going with the informal rout.Yes I think the tallest branch looks best too. It is good to look at a branch from more than one viewing angle, but you've already done that and if you think it looks good, then I'm sure it is.
I also believe that tree will become a single trunk, but that depends on the definition. Ours are single trunk up to about 6 ft and then they get crepeyHere is my take on your points.
• I'm not sure why you mention the root system, but yes, there is no danger of killing it.
• I agree it is most likely that additional stems and suckers will come up from the base. They can be clipped off as they arise.
• It is standard practice to let pruning cuts heal without any topical compound including grafting wax .
• I agree with you that rubber mulches are a bad idea, though I doubt that water-permeable rubber mat would directly harm the tree. What I don't like about rubber products is they degrade and crumble and then you have rubber and plastic pollution in the soil.
• Pruning a crepe myrtle any time of the year is acceptable, though one normally doesn't cut off new growth in Spring before flowering.
• Winter is a fine time to prune. I do prefer it at the end of Winter when the coldest weather has passed and Spring growth is not far off.
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