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May 15, Though pruning most shrubs in early spring is great for thinning and removal of dead wood, pruning to shape or reduce the size of the plant at this time would remove flower buds on spring flowering plants. Lilacs, as well as forsythia, spirea, weigela, viburnums and many other spring-flowering shrubs, form their flower buds the previous summer and pruning them in early spring would remove Estimated Reading Time: 2 mins.

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 takedownshrub.pwted Reading Time: 5 mins.

Jul 14, Once a lilac bush is more than two years old, it requires annual pruning. The best time to grab your clippers and get to work is in early summer, after the flowers have bloomed and faded. Here’s what you should know about caring for lilac bushes and trees.

Why should lilacs be pruned in early summer? Lilac bushes bloom only once each year, in spring, but they make new buds after they bloom.



Cut away shoots or suckers that are growing near the ground.



The buds become the next year’s flowers. If you trim a lilac bush too late in the year, then you’ll cut. Jun 10, To prune lilacs, get to work in the spring: cut fresh flowers for bouquets, nip off the longest stems, and thin out any weak stems at the base. Avoid pruning late in the summer or fall since doing so can limit future takedownshrub.pw: K. Jan 09, 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 lilac.





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