Pruning crape myrtles properly, like any other skill, requires knowing what you are doing to achieve success. The old idea that anyone with a chain saw or a pruning saw can be a landscape pruner is far from the truth. More trees are killed or ruined each year from improper pruning than by pests. Remember that pruning is done to supply additional energy for the development of flowers and limbs that remain on the plant. Pruning essentially involves removing plant parts to improve the health, landscape effect, or value of the plant.
The practice of chopping off the tops of crape myrtle trees has become very commonplace but is completely unnecessary. Many people believe that it is required to promote flowering; some prune because the plant is too large for the space provided; others see their neighbors doing it and feel the need to follow suit. There are some instances in which pruning crape myrtles properly requires heavy pruning, but light pruning is usually all that is needed. The amount of pruning depends on the desired shape and size of the plant.
Crape myrtle can be a low-maintenance plant, and besides adhering to pruning crape myrtles properly, the best way to ensure this is to choose the cultivar that best suits your landscape needs before planting. There are many new cultivars in different sizes and colors. The dwarf (3 to 6 feet) and semi-dwarf (7 to 15 feet) selections now available make it easy to choose the right size plant for a certain space.
As a landscape company offering professional pruning services we pay careful attention to the shrubs and trees that surround your house. Dead limbs and some smaller “roughage” can pose a danger to you and your family, as well as your home. Essentially, proper pruning is essential for healthy and aesthetically pleasing trees. Pruning services are needed when first planting a tree to control its growth and to help develop its shape. Pruning can help spur growth in foliage, fruit and flowers as well as remove diseased and damaged areas.
Winter is the perfect season for structural pruning, as deciduous shrubs and trees have lost their leaves, revealing their branching structures. Give new life to old and overgrown shrubs that are threatening to take over your house, or prune to enhance the beauty and function of your specimen plants.
Structurally pruning a tree correctly promotes healthy and more productive tree growth. Our pruning services offer winter structural pruning when your trees are their least active, during the late winter and early spring, to avoid stressing the tree and causing more damage than we are attempting to remove.
During the winter, structural problems within the tree are also more visible, which makes it easier to make pruning decisions without tons of leaves concealing the branch structure. But not only is it appropriate for many trees to be pruned in the winter, it is also practical. Trees are dormant in the winter months. When a tree goes dormant, it goes through a period where all physical activity is temporarily stopped (including growth and development). This results in many trees entering dormancy from roughly late autumn to early spring.