Pruning - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by cathycarter1
February 8, 2010
When is the best time to prune my crepe myrtles? Also, my larels and gardenias which serve as shrubs around the perimeter of my house?

Answer from NGA
February 8, 2010
Crepe myrtles develop flowers on the new growth of the season so if you prune just as new growth begins in the spring, you'll encourage lots of new growth and lots of flowers. If you prune again after the flowers are spent you'll encourage a second flush of new growth and a second flush of flowers later in the season. Both your laurels and gardenias can be pruned in the early spring, just as new growth begins. Pruning encourages new growth so early spring is the best time to prune your shrubs and crepe myrtles. Enjoy your garden!

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