proper pruning of crape myrtle

When is the proper time to prune crape myrtle and how should it be pruned?? I have been pruning all the dead flowers in the fall and shaping the shrub to keep it small. Is this OK? I live in New Jersey.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Well crape myrtles rarely, if ever, require pruning. I would take off the faded flowers and trim only those branches that are in your way. Otherwise, I suggest you leave it alone as much as possible.

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my crape myrtle looks like it is dying. only a few buds are forming on the branches. what can i do. trim in way down.
Submitted by vittoriovamp