Are your crape myrtles turning black? Maybe you’ve even noticed the plants under your crepe myrtles turning black as well. This is caused by scale. Scale is a pest that attaches itself to the crape myrtles and essentially, sucks the life out if it. The black goop that you see is actually a sooty mold caused by the scale’s…uhh.. poo. After some time of the scale’s by-product sitting there, the mold begins to grow. To get rid of the mold, you first have to get rid of the scale. Down below is a link to a video about the treatment process. After you get rid of the scale, the mold can be scrubbed away with some soapy water and a brush, or even a power washer. Hope this helps!
Treating Crape Myrtles Video Click here