Crepe Myrtle Suckers - MyTractorForum.com - The Friendliest Tractor Forum and Best Place for Tractor Information
Register Home FAQ Garage MTF Gallery Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Store Chat Room

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-04-2009, 01:54 PM   post #1 of 6
biguugly
MTF Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: nc
Posts: 73
MTF Member # 25853
Default Crepe Myrtle Suckers

Anyone have a remedy for crepe myrtle suckers,other than manually wringing them off? I have to do this 4 or 5 times a season,and advancing age and general outofshapeness is really making it a tough process.Thanks for listening.
__________________
I am always downwind of the fan when it hits.
biguugly is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-04-2009, 02:55 PM   post #2 of 6
BAMA10
Senior MTF Member
 
BAMA10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Alabama
Posts: 535
MTF Member # 13142
Default Re: Crepe Myrtle Suckers

Loppers or pruning shears. I have to do the same thing about 3 times a year. The loppers make short work of them and can also prune much larger limbs.
BAMA10 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-04-2009, 05:22 PM   post #3 of 6
biguugly
MTF Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: nc
Posts: 73
MTF Member # 25853
Default Re: Crepe Myrtle Suckers

Thanks,
I do the lopper and pruner thing also.I was hoping for a chemical answer.I remember as a kid,we were forced to "sucker" tobacco,and when we broke the sucker off,we squirted mineral oil or something called MH30 on the break,preventing the return of new growth at the sucker point,without damaging the plant.Thanks again.
__________________
I am always downwind of the fan when it hits.
biguugly is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-05-2009, 05:26 AM   post #4 of 6
PristineGardens
Landscaper
 
PristineGardens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: England
Posts: 153
MTF Member # 24416
Default Re: Crepe Myrtle Suckers

I use a Glyphosate based weed killer for everything, buy it in the concentrate form so can mix it up to the required strength myself. only thing is that it's a non-selective herbicide, so will kill everything.

When just spraying grass and young broadleaf weeds (before they've developed a thick waxy layer (cuticle) on their leaves) mixing at 1 litre per hectare works great. However when there's more meaty stuff to kill, I mix at the maximum reccomended dose rate....5 litres per hectare.

With this i've managed to wipe out small tree (ash, sycamore, oak) saplings, ground elder, weeds over 4 foot tall, not found anything that survives a good dose of this. A small squirt of detergant in the mix also helps as it breaks down the waxy layer on the leaves....allowing the chemical to be absorbed better.

Dave
PristineGardens is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 07-05-2009, 05:34 AM   post #5 of 6
PristineGardens
Landscaper
 
PristineGardens's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: England
Posts: 153
MTF Member # 24416
Default Re: Crepe Myrtle Suckers

...would only do the above if you're intending to get rid of the plant from your garden though.

if you're intending to maintain an established shrub without suckers, you can buy a chemical called 'sucker stopper' which you apply to the open wounds left from cutting the suckers off, prevents them from reappearing.

Type it into your search engine, bound to find lots more out on the net if you're interested
PristineGardens is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 07-05-2009, 03:50 PM   post #6 of 6
Sailingamerican
Senior MTF Member
 
Sailingamerican's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Coffs Harbour NSW Australia/California
Posts: 660
MTF Member # 5015
Default Re: Crepe Myrtle Suckers

I have 2 of them shaped into trees. For 30 years I have been cutting off the shoots at the bottom. The roots sent them up. They can come up several feet away from the trunk. Just one of those things you got to do. I have not found anything to stop them from coming up.
Sailingamerican is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the MyTractorForum.com - The Friendliest Tractor Forum and Best Place for Tractor Information forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:04 PM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
Compact Tractor Reviews Tractor Reviews Snowblowers Lawn Mower Forum
My Tractor Forum Snow Thrower Power Equipment Forum
Combine Forum Snowblower Forum ATV and UTV Reviews