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Make the cut just at the base of the flowers.



May 20, Although you'll be losing some flowers for the current year, pruning overgrown lilacs is easiest early in the spring, before the branches leaf out. You can really see into the shrub and there is easier access to the base of the stems. Lilac bushes bloom only once each year, in spring, but they make new buds after they bloom.



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The buds become the next year’s flowers. If you trim a lilac bush too late in the year, then you’ll cut. Jun 03, For lilacs that bloomed in May, for example, early June is an ideal time to trim. The new wood created after spring is where some of next year's flower buds form. If all the trimming happens in spring, the bush still has plenty of time to grow and produce the wood that will fuel next year's flowers.





May 19, Lilacs flower on"old wood"- that is, they form their flower (and leaf) buds during the summer. These open the following spring. If you prune any time from when the buds have developed to when they would open, you remove them.

Therefore pruning should take place immediately after the flowers fade, when the new buds haven't yet formed.



The ideal time to prune is just after the bush finishes blooming for the year.



Oct 06, You should resist the temptation to prune or trim your lilac bush until it is at least 6 ft. tall, which typically occurs during the second or third year of growth.

At this point, there will be enough excess stems and blooms for optimal treecontractor.pwted Reading Time: 5 mins. Jun 10, Do your assessment in early spring, before the lilac has come back to life. This is the best time of year for a deeper pruning. Keep in mind that doing a rejuvenating pruning will mean losing the maturing buds that would otherwise turn into this spring's treecontractor.pw: K.





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