Can you cut back lilac bushes in the fall?
All shrubs fall into one of two categories; some, like many of the hydrangeas, bloom exclusively on new wood and can be pruned to the ground each fall if required. Thus, if you prune at any time other than immediately after flowering, you will cut off next year's blooms.
When to Prune Lilacs. New lilac bushes don't require maintenance pruning until they are about 6 feet tall. The time to prune mature lilac plants is just after the flowers have faded. They set the next season's flower buds almost immediately, so late pruning will mean sacrificing next year's flowers.
- Dig around the base of the lilac bush using a shovel or spade.
- Remove as much soil from the hole as you can and keep digging until you reach the bottom of the root ball.
- Brush the dirt away from the exposed roots by hand and cut as many of them as you can using a pair of pruning shears.
- Lilacs are considered deer-resistant, however, meaning that unless the deer in your area are feeling pressure from a lack of available food, chances are they will pass lilacs up in favor of other, more appealing plants. Supposedly, plants like catmint, lavender, thyme, sage and rosemary are also repulsive to deer.
- One of the most hunted animals in the country, white-tailed deer will eat almost any plant including saplings, shrubs, grass, fruits, nuts and leaves. Because of their size and makeup, deer feed on plants close to the ground, making blueberry bushes an ideal food.
- Grow lilacs in fertile, humus-rich, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil (at a pH near 7.0).
- Select a site where your lilac will get full sun—at least 6 hours.
- Make sure the site drains well.
- Plant in either spring or fall, although the latter is preferred.
- In America, it was used as a vermifuge to help eliminate intestinal worms, as well as an anti-periodic tonic (prevents diseases from occurring again). Today, modern herbalists still use the essential oil of lilac to treat rashes, sunburn, minor cuts and scrapes and other skin ailments.
- The tube travels through the style and into the ovary. Lilacs can be self-pollinated when the plant contains both male and female flowers. If it is near another lilac bush, then it also can be cross-pollinated, which means the pollen sac from one plant lands on the stigma of a flower from another plant.
- Deer feed on over 700 species of plants, many found in gardens and home landscapes. Although deer will eat almost anything if hungry, some plants are less desirable than others.The common lilac is amongst plants that deer tend to avoid.
Updated: 2nd October 2019