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Don’t commit ‘crape murder’

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By Mandy Catoe

Spring is in the air and pruners are in hand.
Your crape myrtles might look a bit scraggly from last year’s growth, but before you commit what one local landscaper calls “crape murder,” please proceed with caution.
Crape myrtles, a landscaping staple across the South, were introduced to the Palmetto State in the late 1700s by the French botanist Andre’ Michaux. The multi-trunked trees have smooth bark and produce a canopy of crepe-like petals in pink, white or purple. They have a long summer blooming period.


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