Tuesday, May 25, 2010

My Lilac Tree in the back

This is my white Lilac Tree in the back, all leggy and goofy - it just finished blooming May 20 - After much studying, I decided to do my research to figure out how to take care of such a scraggly looking beast.  

So basically I cut each branch as far down as I could (trying to stay within the 1/3 rule).  I cut it right above where I saw new growth - gently bending each branch down to get to the top.  

At the bottom are what I learned are called "suckers", we spent all last year yanking the suckers out - apparently it's just more lilac tree - these I need to cut as well towards the top to promote branching type growth. 

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