Tips to help avoid ʻcrape murderʼ when pruning

This time of year, too many crape myrtles are slaugh- tered. Homeowners go wild pruning these trees, possibly damaging and stunting their growth and beauty.

Crape myrtles are a popu- lar choice because of the bright bloom colors of red, white, pink or purple. Pruning crape myrtles cor- rectly is essential for these qualities to flourish in the tree.

Crape Murder

Sadly, the wrong pruning techniques happen most often with crape myrtle trees. That is why many have called this practice crape murder. Gardeners often do not know how to properly prune their crape myrtles and end up doing what everyon...

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