Answer: Crape myrtles need very little pruning and most pruning is only done for the sake of the owner's aesthetic preferences. Far too many crapes are butchered with severe, "flat-top" pruning. It is better to maintain a natural form by thinning out crowded growth. Rather than leave the blunt stubs by severly flat-topping a crape, thin growth by removing a few selected branches where they join another branch.
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Transplanting is less stressful on a plant if it's moved during the cool spring or autumn. Now's a good time to transplant your crape myrtle.
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