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Crape Myrtle Pruning

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Trimming of Crape Myrtles is a highly debated topic and should be done a certain way, to avoid “Crape Murder”.   Certified horticulturist and arborist agree that when pruning is done correctly, it is an accepted practice to maintain the shape and health of the Crape Myrtle.

It is critical not to disrupt the “shoot-to-root” ratio by severely chopping off the tops of a Crape Myrtle.  In addition, severally cutting off large limbs, will leave wounds that are susceptible to decay.

Some justify chopping off the top of Crape Myrtles, because they are too tall.  This goes back to the original selection/planting.  If the correct variety was used, this should not be a problem.

In our area, we begin pruning Crape Myrtles in late winter, while still dormant.   During the pruning, we will remove dead branches, suckers, limbs growing erratically that do not contribute to the overall aesthetics of the tree and branches, pencil size or smaller.

To avoid damage, it is best to leave Crape Myrtle pruning to a professional.  Contact us today, by clicking HERE to order your Crape Myrtle pruning for Plano and surrounding cities.

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