50 year old crape myrtles

Asked July 31, 2016, 11:11 PM EDT

Hello, I would like to get your advise on pruning my 50 year old crape myrtle trees. I have over a dozen of them but unfortunately lots of then don't look too good. Some are heavily covered with ball moss... I rarely get any flowers on them. Any advise?

Fort Bend County Texas

1 Response

Howdy! Several approaches here. 1. Simply thin out small weak branches out within the canopy. Including deadwood. This will encourage new growth. 2. Fertilization will encourage new growth and the plant may shed off bark with ball moss. 3. Hire a licensed arborist to apply a ball moss control product during the dormant season. Hope this helps. Good day, Boone