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Apr 28, Whether your lilac is a shrub or a small tree, it will need to be regularly pruned in order to maintain a healthy shape and size.



If your shrub is a spring-blooming variety, though, make sure to leave behind enough flower buds on the stems for a spring show.



To prune lilacs, get to work in the spring: cut fresh flowers for 75%(4). Apr 27, Cut back 1/3 of the older lilac canes or branches. The following year cut out the next 1/3 of the oldest branches then the final year cut back the last of the oldest branches. Doing this in 1/3’s will let you have blooms and still cut back the old worn out branches fully renovating the treecontractor.pws: Pruning of the old flowers, shoots, suckers, runners, and leaves aid in better aeration of the lilac plant, and also promote new growth on it.

Generally, old branches are woody and hard. You might need a sharp saw to cut them down. Remove the Old Wood: Remove the old wood every treecontractor.pwg: Middleburg FL. 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 treecontractor.pwg: Middleburg FL. A fertilizer for lilac bushes can be applied in early spring but a better way to reinvigorate these tired old plants is by pruning out 1/3 of the old canes for three successive seasons.

This will allow fresh growth to emerge while still permitting the blooms to treecontractor.pwg: Middleburg FL. Jan 05, The 1/3 rule can be applied to most shrubs and small ornamental trees, but for larger shade trees, pruning should be limited to no more than 1/4 of the total branches.

Shade trees, too, will be stimulated into new growth by assertive pruning, but they do not require the same vigorous pruning that multi-stemmed shrubs treecontractor.pwg: Middleburg FL.





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