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Jul 08, In general, by the time a stem reaches more than 2 inches in diameter, it should be pruned. If you are diligent with annual pruning of your lilac, the shrub will grow to about 8 feet tall with flowers throughout the branches. The time to prune mature lilac plants is just after the flowers have faded in the spring. Prune In Late Spring: You must have observed that the lilac bushes bloom only on old growth.

Prune them right after they have finished blooming, and before they have started budding for the next year’s show. They are perennial plants that bloom in the spring, and start shedding-off flowers by the end of the treedelimbing.buzzted Reading Time: 4 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 with ten blooms on treedelimbing.buzzted Reading Time: 4 mins.

Jun 10, This type of pruning goes beyond a lighter annual pruning to severely cut the bush or tree back, allowing for new growth to occur. Do your assessment in early spring, before the lilac has come back to life.

UPDATE: We moved away from this home before the spring bloom, but the small bush was just thick with branches and shoots for the leaves when we left in March

This is the best time of year for a deeper treedelimbing.buzz: K. Jan 09, For older lilacs that have not enjoyed good annual maintenance a more severe renovation prune is in order. A good time to do this is in late winter before new growth begins. You can prune the entire plant back 6 to 8 inches from the ground. This is a very dramatic method and you won’t most likely not see blooms for 2 years but it works. Jun 08, Jun 08, Asked on Jun 08, When can I cut back my lilac bushes?

Answer this question + 3. May 18, To not stress your lilacs, major restorative pruning should take place over three years. After blooms are done in the spring is the time to cut back about a third of the largest branching trunks. I have 4 lilac bushes that are overgrown. There are a lot unwanted bushes (not lilacs) growing next to it.

I cut the unwanted ones down, and I noticed a lot of dead branches on my lilac. So I cut the dead ones off.

Now my lilac looks horrible. Is it too late/early to just cut it down and start all over with it. They're about 15 years old.