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RealityTiger
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Geismar, LA
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Paging tree experts - I think I killed my crape myrtle

I was spraying my flower beds with Celsius to kill weeds and there were some at the base of one of my crape myrtle trees. I've been noticing that it bloomed this year and looked normal. And then slowly but surely I've been noticing dead branches on it with no growth. Well, I looked at it today and it's a lot of dead branches with just a little bit of growth. It's not completely dead but I think I got it pretty good. The runners are still growing on the bottom where they usually grow so I know it's not completely dead.

Is there anyway I can save it? I will immediately not use Celsius around it for starters.


PillPusher
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I’ve sprayed Celsius near the base of mine several times. I haven’t noticed any harm at all. But if it killed them I can’t say I wouldn’t be a little happy about it.


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meeple
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The runners are still growing on the bottom where they usually grow so I know it's not completely dead.

So as you figured it out it’s not dead. You’ll probably be fighting runners while looking at an struggling tree unless you finish it off. Cut it off at the stump, drill sone large holes in the top, and keep them filled with glysophate. Wait for no more runners to come back.It will take time.

Then plant a better tree after realizing you did yourself a favor.


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