Question: When is the best time to trim crepe myrtles and how much should you trim? Answer: After seed heads turn brown and before bud break in spring (March-April). Try to avoid trimming wood that is larger than thumb size. Question: What is the hardiest shade tree to plant in a lawn in a development and how should it be taken care of? Answer: Live oak, very little care is needed. Just make sure trees are watered 3 gallons of water per day per caliper inch. Question: What are the hardiest and easiest bush/hedge plants you can use in a development in or around a private home? Answer: Loropetalum, Plumbago and Ligustrom. Question: What is the recommended height a tree should be trimmed from the ground up and should they be shaped in any way? Answer: There is no special height a tree should be trimmed from the ground. Six foot is commonly recommended because this allows for easy maintenance. Question: What is the best low ground cover plant you can use on a hill or slope are around the home with minimal care? Answer: Some of the best plants to use on slopes are grasses. Fountain grass can be found in many colors and sizes.