Beginner Gardening: themoonhowl picture (Florida - Trying to save an abused crape myrtle)
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Hi Dan. Crapemyrtles are fairly easy to transplant, this one may take a little special care. First check the trunk for damage from the chain. If the trunk has injuries, you may have problems...but, treat the injuries with a fungicide to protect the tree.
You can remove any dead branches. Included is a link for pruning crapemyrtles http://thedailysouth.southernliving.com/2009/02/24/what-conc...
. Make sure that the plant receives adequate water and you can use a root stimulator product like Green Light root stimulator, mixed per directions...this encourages the plant to put out feeder roots. When you water, be sure to soak the area slowly so water reaches all the way down to the bottom. I would not recommend fertilizing at this point, as you want good, well established roots rather than a lot of growth right now.
Hope this helps