How To Prune A Crape Myrtle Step-by-Step

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It’s that time of year… the prunage ritual!
Homeowners pull their pruning shears out of hibernation and make their annual pilgrimage to their front and backyards for the crape myrtle prune-off! It’s a job that must be done for these colorful trees to show their stuff.

Pruned wrong… it can get ugly. Steve Bender AKA “The Grumpy Gardener” even has a contest for the bad pruning has been called “crape murder” by a local wholesale grower To help pruning correctly, Steve has put together a step by step pruning guide you can check out at the link below…

Crepe Myrtle Pruning Step-by-Step – The Daily South


It always good to get input from several experts, so to add to Steve’s tutorial, Brent Wilson of Gardenality has a nice tutorial as well.

Brent talks about not allowing “peer pressure” from the neighbors to start pruning to early. Brent says, “the best time to trim crapes in is late winter or early spring – just prior to new growth emerging.”

He also has some nice graphics for pruning best practices. Read Brent’s tutorial at the link below…

Pruning Instructions For A Crape Myrtle Tree – From Gardenality

Many designers recommend planting on odd numbers like 1,3,5 and so on. Why not give you the same with Crape Myrtle pruning – 3 tutorials!

The folks over at Fine Gardening agree with Steve and Brent… few people prune crape myrtles correctly. Pruning correctly produces trees which are shaped gracefully and have more blooms standing upright on strong stems. Check their tutorial at the link below…

Pruning Crape Myrtles – From Fine Gardening

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