Crepe myrtles are a favorite tree in our area of South Carolina. If you care for them properly, they’ll be a beautiful addition to your yard for many years to come. However, when and how to prune a crepe myrtle is one of the most hotly debated topics among amateur landscapers. Since the blooms are spent, this time of year is a prime time to wonder if you should trim your trees, especially considering that winter is right around the corner. When it comes to pruning trees, calling a professional landscaper is usually the right move. Lee’s Nursery & Landscaping has some advice for you on whether you should prune your crepe myrtles this fall.

Should I prune my crepe myrtle trees in the fall?

While you may see some people pruning them in the fall, we don’t recommend it. You could be risking the health of your tree if you take out the pruning shears now. Pruning during this time of the year can kill off the tree’s annual growth, which is needed to safeguard the tree during the winter.

When is a better time to prune them?

In general, it’s best to prune these trees at the beginning of spring. If you can be patient for just a few months, you’ll be able to cut them back without the risk of harming them.

Is it wise to call a landscaper for pruning trees?

While pruning looks like a simple job, there’s actually an art and science to it. If you don’t know what you’re doing, you could ruin the look of your landscape – and maybe even the tree itself. Professional landscapers will look over your tree and determine how much pruning (if any) needs to take place.

Should you need help or advice when it comes to pruning trees, contact Lee’s Nursery & Landscaping. Our landscapers are here to help your trees look their best!