Should Crepe Myrtle Runners Be Cut Back

Question From: Rice, Virginia, United States
Q: My trees were damaged by the extreme cold/warm weather in the winter. My gardener said to wait until mid summer to see if they would come out. Some have & some haven't. There are a lot of runners at the base of plant. Should I cut these back?

A: To be honest Carolyn, I am not the one to ask. I live in Michigan and cannot grow those gorgeous crepe myrtles. I suggest you contact a certified arborist for advice. To find one in your area go to and enter your zip code. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy