Now that my crepe myrtles are blooming I figured it was time for an quick update! This spring I pruned my crepe myrtles pretty heavily. Here’s what the bigger of my crepe myrtles looked like last summer when we moved in.
I don’t think they’d ever been pruned before. All the deadheads were still on them and there were lots of growths from the very bottom of the bush so it was just looking a little too wild for me. (I didn’t bother to share pictures of the crepe myrtle on the other side of the house. I pruned it, too, but since it doesn’t get as much sunlight it doesn’t grow nearly as fast. It isn’t even blooming yet!)
I pruned off the deadheads last summer and then waited to do my heavy pruning until early spring, just before the crepe myrtle’s heavy growth season. I was really nervous about taking too much off but after looking at lots of guides on how to prune them, I finally went for it. I’m not going to go into all that detail again, but you can read about here. And please, please, don’t murder your crepe myrtles. Just had to throw that out there.
Here’s after the pruning session in March. A little sad looking…
I was still worried that maybe I hadn’t taken enough off and next year I may do even more pruning to thin the bottom a bit more, but considering that this was my first experience pruning a crepe myrtle I think it turned out pretty good.
Some of my neighbors have even complimented me on them! Here’s the before and after again for easier comparison.
What do you think? An improvement over the crazy, wild overgrown bush? I’d like to think so.