a little off the top
by Bella Rum
What’s the number one mistake homeowners make when planting young trees? They plant them too close to the house. Then the tree grows into a beautiful specimen, and the clueless homeowner is forced to prune the backside of the tree within an inch of its life.
I just made that up. I don’t know if that’s the #1 mistake, but I’d bet my vacuum cleaner on it.
Our crepe myrtle has gotten too big for its britches. When we bought it, the tag assured us it would only reach 12 to 15 feet at maturity. Ha! It’s about 20 to 25 feet. It was already hanging over the gutters and the roof before the The Storm, but it was much worse after the storm, scraping the sides of the house and dropping trash all over the roof. H finally bit the bullet and pruned it yesterday. I can’t believe I didn’t get “before” shots. The poor girl (a little lopsided now) is still a beauty by any standard. I wish I’d taken shots of it when it was in full bloom. It was very pretty.