Pruning Crepe Myrtle 

A cape myrtle that is sized correctly for its planting site requires minimal pruning. Choose semi dwarf or dwarf cultivars for small spaces. 

Prune trees in winter by removing crossing or rubbing branches. 

Snip away fast-growing suckers arising from the ground around the plants. 

Maintain clean trunks by pruning away low branches

Crape myrtle grows naturally into a graceful, viselike shape. Some gardeners prune it to create a single-trunk form, or to remove old wood to promote new growth upon which the flowers will appear. That being said, avoid topping—which is aggressive pruning that reduces the plant size by at least half. Such pruning creates a dense, shrubby plant that may flower beautifully, but does so atop an unattractive form. At worst the plant is damaged. Always cut at an angle.

                Pruning Azalea

In most landscapes, azaleas look best when minimally pruned, allowing them to retain their naturally graceful form. Remove long stray shoots by reaching down into the plant and making cuts next to larger woody branches. This allows sunlight and air movement in the center of the shrub, which promotes healthy new growth.

Always cut at an angle.

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