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} Jun 30, If you can't stand the look of your old lilac or you just want a quicker approach, you can take the drastic measure of cutting back the entire plant to about 6 to 8 inches above the ground in the early spring.

Fertilize the plant with compost or a balanced fertilizer to prompt new treefelling.pwted Reading Time: 6 mins. Apr 02, How to Prune Lilac Bushes. When pruning lilacs, cutting back the tops of overgrown stems is oftentimes not enough. It is generally better to cut the entire stem. Trimming lilacs is best accomplished using clippers. Remove spent blooms all the way to the stems to prevent seeding and encourage more blooms later on. Cut back about a third of the treefelling.pwted Reading Time: 2 mins.

Subscribe lilac blooms is. Jun 14, Take cuttings of lilac bushes from tender new growth in late spring or early summer. Mature growth is less likely to root. Take several cuttings to increase your chance of success. Take cuttings in the morning when the weather is cool and the plant is well-hydrated. Cut 4- to 6-inch lengths ( cm.) of tender, new treefelling.pwted Reading Time: 2 mins. Timing is the Decisive Factor in Pruning Lilacs If you want to have your blooms next year, it is crucial to prune in those first few weeks after blooming ends.

Ideally, this is when you would do maintenance pruning each year. But I get so lazy busy, I end up with a ten foot bush with ten blooms on top. Nov 27, Always cut at the base of a shoot rather than in the middle or near the end. Then move all the old blooms that have died off. Finally shape the lilac bush by removing any unwanted branches including overly tall branches, new shoots growing from the ground, and any branches sticking out from the main section of the plant.

Cutting off the entire top of the bush in a horizontal line is not Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins. Aug 12, In late winter, use a saw or hedge trimmer to cut the entire plant to the ground.

New growth will grow from the root area in spring. The plant may not. University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator Marjorie Peronto demonstrates and discusses pruning techniques for your lilacs.

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