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Tips on properly trimming a Crape Myrtle!

Crepe myrtles are a beautiful and popular landscape plant, known for their vibrant blooms and attractive bark. However, without proper pruning, they can become overgrown and unsightly. Here are some tips for trimming crepe myrtles to keep them looking their best.

  1. Choose the right time. The best time to prune crepe myrtles is in late winter or early spring, before new growth begins. This will ensure that you are removing old, dead growth and encouraging new growth to flourish.

  2. Remove dead wood and crossing branches. The first step in pruning crepe myrtles is to remove any dead wood or branches that are crossing and rubbing against each other. This will improve the overall shape and structure of the tree.

  3. Selectively remove branches to control size. Crepe myrtles can grow quite large, so it may be necessary to remove some branches to control the size of the tree. Be sure to leave enough branches to maintain a natural shape and to encourage blooming.

  4. Avoid "crepe murder." "Crepe murder" refers to the practice of severely pruning crepe myrtles back to stubs. This not only ruins the natural shape of the tree, but it can also damage or kill the tree. Always leave at least two or three buds on each branch.

  5. Consider professional help. If you're unsure about how to properly prune your crepe myrtles, it may be best to seek the help of a professional arborist.

By following these tips, you can keep your crepe myrtles looking beautiful and healthy for years to come. Remember to be patient, as it may take a few years for your crepe myrtles to fully recover from pruning. And always be mindful of the specific type of crepe myrtle you have, as some varieties have different pruning needs. Happy pruning!


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