I've always wanted a red Crepe Myrtle tree/shrub. But, now I'm
seeing evidence of the ambrosia beetle attacking crepe myrtles on my
neighbor's property and the city park. There is what looks like
sawdust pieces on the lower trunk. What can be done about this? Are
there varieties of crepe myrtle resistant to the ambrosia beetle? I'm
One major problem with that species of plant is improper pruning. People
who do not understand pruning targets often hurt the trees and claim to be
pollarding. Pollarding done correctly is very good form. Done incorrectly
causes many problems. The beetles may well just be secondary agents. can
you post some pictures of your plants to a web site?
Many tree problems are associated with the following: They are Case
Troubles in the Rhizosphere
Unhealthy Trees from the Nursery / Improper Planting
Look up "Tree Planting" http://www.treedictionary.com
Improper Mulching - http://home.ccil.org/~treeman/sub3.html
http://www.treedictionary.com/DICT2003/M/ Look up "Mulch"
Improper Fertilization (See A Touch of Chemistry)
Tree Farming and Related Problems
John A. Keslick, Jr.
Beware of so-called tree experts who do not understand tree biology.
Storms, fires, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions keep reminding us
that we are not the boss.
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