We have several issues with our beautiful Crape Myrtles.
1. We have 3 'groups' of trees which the trunks are about 1.5-2" in diameter. By groups, they are three trees with 5-6 main trunks each. I'm assuming based on reading articles on this sight that they were suckers which developed from the three trees. We have lived in our house for 7 years and they have never been pruned. We honestly forgot they were there as they seemed to always look beautiful. These trees were about 12-14' tall. About a month ago, we had a storm which knocked several pine tree branches down and it damaged these trees. They were leaning on our house and many of the top branches were broken and bent. My husband and I, this past weekend, decided to 'prune'. We cut these back to approx 6-7 foot. They now look like each of the images on this web site which say they are what not to do. Yikes! What should I do with these now? Or what should I not do? Should I give them extra water, plant food, etc?
2. We also have two very large Crape Myrtles in our back yard. These are approx 18-20'. They are truly only two trunks which are approx 5" in diameter. We have periodically trimmed these beautiful trees up but never done much for them. They have always been healthy and gorgeous. Recently, we had the first mentioned dead pine tree cut down, one of the cut pine branches fell into our back yard, hitting my two favorite Crape Myrtles. The once tall trees, which made it through hurricane Ike, are now leaning starting at about 8'. My husband and I trimmed these up, most likely too much, this last weekend, but only in an attempt to release the branches which seem to have been bent and broken. Now we have these rather pathetic excuse for a Crape Myrtle left. It appears they still need to be cut back but this would leave them bare, as our others are. Again, what should I do to try to save these trees?
3. If I have any suckers which are on smaller sections, can I get these to regenerate in a different area? I need three more Crapes on the other side of the house and I would prefer not to have to purchase any if I can get them to grow. Am I simply pressing my luck on this one?
Thank you all for your help!