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Jun 30, There are two approaches you can take. The less drastic approach to getting an overgrown lilac back into shape is to use the third rule. Prune a third of the oldest branches all the way to the ground each year for three consecutive years.

1  Start by taking out the thickest stems treelop.pwted Reading Time: 6 mins. Apr 02, Most lilacs don’t require pruning until they reach about 6 to 8 feet ( m.) tall.

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The best time for pruning lilac bushes is right after their flowering has ceased. This allows new shoots plenty of time to develop the next season of blooms. Pruning lilacs too late can kill young developing treelop.pwted Reading Time: 2 mins.

Jun 09, When to Prune Lilacs. With any type of lilac, you should only prune branches right after the flowers fade to enjoy maximum spring color the next year. New lilac buds from on old wood.

So if you start snipping in summer, fall or in spring before they bloom, you’ll cut off the forming buds and the plant. While I'd not hesitate to do rejuvenation pruning on a typical common lilac now, one that is grown in a tree form (single trunk rather than multiple stems/canes from the ground) should be treated a bit differently.

Too severe a pruning at this time of year might well jeopardize its future, specially in. Nov 18, The best time -- and only correct time, really -- to prune lilacs is just after blooming.

The following spring, begin pruning out the spindly growth, and maintain the healthiest shoots while considering the shape of the plant.

All shrubs fall into one of two categories; some, like many of the hydrangeas, bloom exclusively on new wood and can be pruned to the ground each fall if required. Others, such as lilacs, bloom only on old wood from the previous season. Thus, if you prune at any time other than immediately after flowering, you will Estimated Reading Time: 1 min.

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