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How To Trim Crepe Myrtles

Tips for trimming Crepe Myrtles:

  • It is best to prune your crepe myrtles in the late winter while the trees are still dormant.  In the Houston area, you should trim your trees in January of February.
  • Make sure your loppers and hand pruners are sharp, so that you do not tear at the branches.
  • Cut the branches at a 45 degree angle.
  • Begin by trimming away all sucker branches.  This includes cutting any shoots from the base of the tree.
  • Make the cut 4-6″ beyond the previous trimming.
  • Prune the branches for the desired tree shape.  Cutting in a visible curve will give your tree a fountain shape when growth fills in.


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