Crepe Murder Suspects Wanted

April 4, 2010 | By | Comments (3)

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If you’ve been the victim of a vicious crepe murder, in which a formerly beautiful plant was savagely chopped into stumps, Southern Living would like to help. We can show you how to restore the looks of even the most insanely pruned crepe myrtle by taking a few, simple steps. But in order to qualify for our expert (and free!) advice, you must live in the Birmingham, AL metro area and agree to have your crepe myrtle photographed for a story.

Want to end the crime of crepe murder forever? Send Grumpy a photo of your murdered myrtle and we’ll show lucky winners how to fix it.

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  1. Jean

    I saw 3 Crabapple trees pruned exactly the same way at a business in town. Didn’t even wait until the blooming was finished. They are basically pruned into a stump.

    April 8, 2010 at 9:26 am
  2. Grumpy Gardener aka His Excellency

    The infection is spreading!!!

    April 9, 2010 at 7:09 am
  3. Vicki

    oh mine looks so like that …. HELP

    April 28, 2010 at 7:41 pm