Saturday, September 2, 2017

Home Grown: Pruning Lilacs

The common purple lilac is a tough, reliable shrub that may reach a height of 15 to 20 feet. Unfortunately, as lilacs mature, the shaded lower portions of the shrubs usually lose their leaves. As a result, large, overgrown specimens are often leggy and unattractive.

Old lilacs can be renewed or rejuvenated by pruning. Home gardeners can choose between two different pruning methods.

 1. Cut the entire plant back to within 6 to 8 inches of the ground in late winter (March or early April). This severe pruning will induce a large number of shoots to develop during the growing season...

Continued in... Pruning Lilacs

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