Now that the leaves have started falling off of your crape myrtles, some of you are probably itching to trim them. First rule of thumb is to wait until all the leaves have fallen before making your first cut. If they were trimmed last year, make diagonal cuts above the ones made last year and remove all twigs. With very large trees, they don’t need to be trimmed, but you can still clean up the suckers growing at the bottom. The benefit of proper pruning is to promote healthy growth and control scale. If trimming your crapes seems too complicated, either leave them alone completely or call a professional. Crape murder should never be an option!
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