Advice on Healthy Pruning of Crape Myrtle
I have a beautiful, tall (20-25 feet), mature crape myrtle that I have rarely messed with in my backyard in the 7 years I've lived in my home- I typically only cut back branches that hang too low over our drive or the walkways. Unfortunately, we need to cut it back a significant amount because we are turning our back deck into a screened in porch and the branches impinge on the space, particularly when they are in bloom and rain weighs down the branches.
I would like to keep this tree, or at least some trunks, if at all possible. It would make me cry if I have to dig it up and replant a dwarf variety, but I will if I have to. However, I am not a gardener and I will take advice for how best to cut it back to allow for the new roof line.
Can anyone take a look at the pictures and let me know what you would do?