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When I moved into my house, I noticed that there were a few trees that were significantly overgrown. I knew that I had to do something to make things right, so I started looking for tree trimmers in the area with the kind of experience I needed. I worked with them to figure out what needed to be done, and after they offered a fair quote, I had them begin work. The difference they were able to make was amazing, and I was really impressed with their contribution. This blog is here to help people to make their trees like new with the help of a professional arborist.

Making Your Trees Like New

Proper Pruning Keeps Lilacs Lovely

April Reyes

Lovely lilacs welcome summer with bright clusters of blossoms and their signature aromatic scent. The broad green leaves are also a welcome backdrop in the summer garden. A mature lilac can reach 6 feet or more in height, but it requires proper trimming to develop an attractive framework.

Timing Is Everything

Trimming at the wrong time can prevent the lilac from flowering the following year. The best time to prune is in midsummer, after the blossoms have wilted but before new flower buds appear. Lilacs typically begin forming their flower buds in fall or early winter, so pruning too late in the season means you'll remove those newly developing buds.

Annual Trimming

You should schedule annual tree trimming to keep your lilacs looking their best. Annual trimming consists of three main cuts:

  1. Deadheading, which removes the old flower clusters so new buds develop.
  2. Cleanup, or the removal of dead and diseased branches.
  3. Shaping, which helps the lilac develop an attractive and healthy framework of branches.

Deadheading is a simple process, but for tall lilacs a ladder is necessary to reach the seed heads at the top. The old seeds and flowers are cut back to the main stem.

Cleanup cuts are vital if the lilac is to remain healthy. Any dead wood is removed, usually cut back to the nearest healthy branch. The plant is also inspected for disease and insect infestations, with the affected wood then trimmed out so the problem doesn't spread to the rest of the lilac.

Lilacs tend to send up new twiggy growth from the trunk each year. This can quickly make the bush look overgrown and weak. Trimming out these twiggy shoots and cutting back overgrown branches gives the lilac a better shape.

Overgrown Shrubs

If your lilac hasn't been pruned in several years, it may require drastic rejuvenation pruning. This is typically done in early spring. Rejuvenated lilacs will not flower the first year, and it may take up to three years before the blooms reach full glory. The tree trimmer may cut an ungrafted lilac down to within a few inches of the ground, and then allow it to grow a new healthy framework of trunks and branches. Grafted lilacs are cut down to above the grafting scar near the base of the trunk. This ensures the new branches grow from the grafting stock and not from the root stock, which may not flower well.

It's better for both the appearance of the lilac and for its health to take time to schedule annual pruning, but you can still save an overgrown plant with the right cut.