Asked on May 21, 2013

40 year old lilac needs help

VickyDouglas HuntJessica Dunkle


we have a 40 year old lilac bush, it doesn't produce but a dozen lilacs and looks scrawny. it is about 13 feet tall. am so not a gardener and it is about as old as I am, so i never have doe anything with it. was wondering what I might be able to do to help it flourish any ideas??
4 answers
  • Jessica Dunkle
    on May 21, 2013

    Last year, we had the same problem! We chopped our tree down to about 4 feet tall and it looks great this year! It is finally growing in a nice direction and the flowers are beautiful! Best of luck to you :)

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 22, 2013

    Your lilac may benefit from a renewal pruning, and you can cut it back even more than Jessica suggests. See these suggestions from Colorado State:

  • Vicky
    on May 27, 2013

    well I took the plunge and chopped it down so i am hoping it will grow back next year I did note some bore holes and white patches so cross your fingers lol ....

  • Vicky
    on May 27, 2013

    we also have 40 year old rose bushes we have a climber and a salmon color bush, they do not produce much either. I had read that coffee grounds, egg shells and banana peels, help the soil so I have raked up the soil around them and mixed some in.... I did note that the roots are starting to come out of the dirt. should I just cover them with potting soil??? how far should I cover. I know some plants like to sit higher just not sure..... my mother planted the roses but she never did anything further like me she was not a gardener I do not wish to loose them

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