Gardening Tips : How to Care for Lilac Trees

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Care for lilac trees by planting them on a hill that has good drainage and full sun and watering them throughout the summer. Prune lilac trees down one third every year to keep the plant even and healthy with gardening tips from a sustainable gardener in this free video on plant care.

Expert: Yolanda Vanveen
Bio: Yolanda Vanveen is sustainable gardener who lives in Kalama, Wash.
Filmmaker: Daron Stetner

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8 Responses

  1. Carol West says:

    if I put something over my tree to protect it from the on coming rain. ,will I kill my lilacs?

  2. TheDiceAreLoaded says:

    I hate them! The previous people planted them all over my property. Chopping them down does nothing. I even burned the lell out of the stump of one I cut down and it started growing again right away. They grow from the roots too. We'll see how the like it when I mix up a strong batch of roundup and gas.

  3. David Latham says:

    I have a small lilac tree when should i prune it.

  4. Dracotonis says:

    Ive a question, I have 2 lilac trees in my back garden that are at least 60 years of age and are very large but not much lilac appears anymore, anything I should do to care for it?

  5. mountainhike100 says:

    We live in a sand box with very little real dirt.Have 8 lilac with great greens and no flowers.The guy down the road has big lilac flowers blossoms every year.He told me he uses 50 % white vinegar and 50% water,to water his plants about every 2 or 3 months.Have you ever heard of such a thing?? and if so why does it work.We have always used white vinegar and dish soap to kill weeds.
    You have a great video and it was a big help.Thank You.

  6. bowler8 says:

    My lilac is only on drippers…and it is full of blooms

  7. 68buickwildcat says:

    I just planted my very first lilac (preston) and I did everything you said about where to plant and watering etc. I needed some good advice on pruning and I got it here from you. Thank you very much!

  8. phanovphloyd says:

    I planted over 75 lilacs around my fence line for privacy. the problem is some are sitting where a lot of ash and scrape metal was dug up while planting, these seem to be stunted compared to the rest of the bushes. Is there anything you could suggest to help the growth? All started at around 2ft tall most are now well over 6ft but for the group i mention they are between 3 and 4ft. I'm considering manure but I don't know if it will help. Any suggestions will be helpful thanks for your time.

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