Crape Myrtle Trees

disinfecting tools between cuts

Zone LEBANON, NJ 08833 zone 6 b | Anonymous added on March 29, 2019 | Answered

In your article: No Leaves On Crepe Myrtle: Reasons For Crepe Myrtle Not Leafing Out -- towards the bottom you state: Many people feel that pruning tools should be cleaned with a household disinfectant or bleach between cuts when dealing with diseases; however, recent studies show that unless the plant has oozing wounds, disinfecting is not necessary, and disinfectants are likely to damage your tools. I have always seen the opposite comment. Is this true just for Crepe Myrtle; or all/most plants or is it an error? Much thanx

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Answered on March 29, 2019

We feel it is important to disinfect the tools to prevent the spread of disease.

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