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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 treetrimmers.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.

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Cut back about a third of the treetrimmers.pwted Reading Time: 2 mins. Jun 26, 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 Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins. Aug 12, Lilacs should be deadheaded immediately after blooming to encourage good bud development and flowering the following spring.

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Deadhead: Use a hand pruner to cut off dead flower heads down to a pair of leaves, or use a hedge trimmer for larger plantings. Shear lightly, taking off only the dead flower treetrimmers.pwted Reading Time: 1 min.

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