Last week we had a storm. A big storm with a lot of wind and rain. About two inches of rain. Typically after a storm, my husband goes out and takes a survey of any damage. So when he walked into the house and told me to get my boots on and look at the crape myrtle in the front yard, my heart sank. I did not want to look.
It was awful! It looked like some deranged person came with an ax and chopped it all up. How could this be wind damage? Who would do such a thing? But, of course, I knew that was not what had happened, and upon closer inspection, we saw the evidence of those darn deer. Hoof prints!
We live between a farm field and some backwoods. The herd of deer stroll each evening along the tree line and our driveway to cross over to the farm’s cornfield. Unfortunately, the day before, the corn was finally harvested. I guess the deer were not happy about this event and decided to take it out on my crape myrtle. My beautiful crape myrtle was one of the last outdoor plants I had purchased from Behnke Nurseries before we closed.
I immediately took some photos of the damage and wrote to Behnke’s former woody plant buyer and expert, Miri Talabac, and asked her the question. Can this plant be saved? Her quick response was YES!!!
“Make clean cuts just below all of the broken parts, and it will probably re-sprout from the roots (and what’s left of the stems) next spring. Remember that crape myrtle leafs-out late anyway, so it may not look like it’s doing anything until at least mid-May unless we have a warm season.”
I am sure many of you have also gone through what I have with my plant, so you understand the feelings that there was nothing that could have been done. I thought for sure those deer had more than enough places to trample and destroy property. But, thankfully, we might be okay this time.
As I count my blessings today, I will try to remember how much enjoyment we get watching the deer and other wildlife out our windows. But darn, it is hard on days like this.