When To Pruning Lilac Tree

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  1. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs LawnSite Member
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    I was just wondering if anyone knows when to trim a lilac tree. I have a few in my yard. and one of my new accounts for this year has a couple also. And I am not sure when to prune it. If anyone knows please let me know. THANKS AHEAD!
     
  2. Mark Bogart

    Mark Bogart LawnSite Member
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    After it blooms.
     
  3. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs LawnSite Member
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    mark do u know when i can cut it down because it is getting too ttall??
     
  4. Mark Bogart

    Mark Bogart LawnSite Member
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    Is it a Japanese tree lilac or is it a lilac bush? Do you want to cut it down completely or just reduce the height?
     
  5. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs LawnSite Member
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    It is like a lilac bush. And I want to reduce the height of the tree.
     
  6. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    Lilacs have more sucker roots than you can shake a stick at. You can cut out the original trunk and let the new lilacs take over. Even prune them like a hedge.
     
  7. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs LawnSite Member
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    thanks bud. do u cut it once it buds???
     
  8. Mark Bogart

    Mark Bogart LawnSite Member
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    Trim them after they bloom. Here in Colorado that's usually in June. If you prune them now you will loose any type of flowering for this spring. If you wait more than a month after they've bloomed than next years flowering buds will be removed. My experience with lilacs is you can basically cut them back any time during the season. It all depends on if you want the blooms or not.
     

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