Ouch! This picture shows a horrible "Crape Murder."
Please, don't use heading or topping cuts to pollard Crape Myrtles, it's just won't give you that natural look you want. You'll also avoid creating those knobby knuckles, which sadly wreck the appearance of that beautiful Crape Myrtle bark.
Instead, let's watch Ed Laivo, one of Nature Hills horticulturalists, as he gives valuable information on how to correctly prune this beautiful tree.
The goal is to get air circulation and sunlight into the canopy of the tree. You also want to allow your Crape Myrtle to showcase the beautiful bark as part of its character.
In the video, you'll learn when to prune Crape Myrtles, and get a step-by-step approach to determine your pruning plan. Hint, start from the ground up!
Ed also walks you through a pruning tool selection guide. He'll show you exactly what types of branches you want to prune. You'll also learn what to leave on the tree.
As always, the Nature Hills team is here to help! Call us at (888) 864-7663 with any questions about Crape Myrtles.
Ed also sent over some photos of Crape Myrtles that were pruned correctly:
Hard pruned Crape Myrtle done the correct way
Another Crape Myrtle pruned correctly. Hope this helps!