So you followed what many of your neighbors did and cut your crepe myrtles back. Now the sticks (limbs) are putting out new shoots like crazy. Lots of shoots do not make for a beautiful small tree (yes I said small tree because that is how crepe myrtles are classified). If you will prune to three young shoots per cut back limb, as shown above, I think you will be very happy with the flower quality, and hopefully these limbs will be strong enough to support the flowers that will grace this tree in early summer. But remember, crepe myrtles are small trees and should be treated as such.