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(919) 968-9469

Crepe myrtle that's NEVER BEEN TOPPED! Many landscapers and tree co.'s make topping crepe myrtles a common practice. TOPPING HARMS TREES! The ones that survive this butchery grow out UGLY and weakened! No REAL tree professional practices or even advertises tree topping. Please see "We Don't Top No Trees In Muskogee (or anywhere else)" under "Blog" on this site for more about topping and the reasons WE DON'T DO THAT. Note: Crepe myrtles can be breathtakingly beautiful even when they're not in bloom. The sculpture-like growth that comes from a very simple pruning method anyone can do, makes it shameful to top or truncate them. Ever. I'd sooner cut one down. In fact, call me (Mark 919-968-9469) and I'll tell you how to prune your crepe myrtle FREE OF CHARGE! The specimen above is a good one to use for a pruning tip: See the leafy green growth starting at the base of the tree and growing up to about three feet? Take pruning shears and cut those (they're called "suckers") off at the trunk - almost, but not quite, flush to it. Note: Crepe myrtles are a wonderful component to almost any southern landscaping project. What IS IMPORTANT is to choose the right one. A good nursery will have a selection of CM's that range greatly in size at maturity. Some dwarf varieties are mature at 5 feet (in height and diameter). The larger varieties can grow to 35 feet and be 25 to 30 feet across, and you can find CM's in every size in between. Choose wisely the size and you will never have to butcher ("TOP") them because they've outgrown their spot. They come in white and lavender, pinks and reds. If planted in rows you'll probably want to use the same color as these will be of the same hybrid and grow more uniformly, assuming you buy them all at once and from one source. Plant in early spring or fall. Or call Perry Tree Service and we'll be happy to help! Mark (919) 968-9469

Brief History of Perry

I started climbing trees professionally on an island southeast of Miami, when I was sixteen. Whenever a hurricane threatened and especially when a watch or warning was issued, I'd round up a crew. We'd do everything from "hurricane-pruning" trees by reducing "sail" and top-weight (please see "Services" and click on Tree Pruning) to installing plywood. We called ourselves "Hurricane Hotline." Later I started Hurricane Hotline Tree Service.

Then, in 1992, after countless close calls and false-alarms, came ANDREW. We pruned and hammered and threw patio furniture into pools we were filling to the brim with water to keep from popping out of the ground. We moored boats with extra lines and dived canals and harbors to sink anchors to hold. My partner's dad's 32' Bertram was one of 'em and it was still there, unharmed, when Andrew moved away up the gulf. Others (none we Hotliners had secured) were on top of houses, in the middle of name it!

After all the clean-up there wasn't a tree left standing. West of Miami to The Glades and south to Key Largo, trees were gone, houses flattened. With no trees left I tried my hand at roofing and building homes. But, I'm a tree-climber at heart.

I came to North Carolina in '93 to visit friends and family who'd moved here from Miami.

Once I'd seen the beautiful pines and oaks I knew I wanted to live here. I started Perry Tree Service that summer. I was living on Pine St. in Carrboro when Fran hit. I watched it from my porch. It gave Andrew a run for its money!

I've worked hurricanes since, from here to Fla. to Mississippi. But the Triangle is my home and I hope you'll call us sometime soon for a free estimate, threat-assessment or evaluation. Thank you for visiting our site!

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