We have a beautiful, neglected, way overgrown lilac in our back yard that I am currently working on whipping into shape. I have never trimmed a lilac before (except the other one in the middle of the yard that I turned into seven sticks with leaves on top - it was a concept piece), and I would like to make it look nice and full and round, except without being all choked on its own sticks and stuff.
Any suggestions? My husband thinks just taking out the dead branches will be enough, but I don’t think so - I think we need to get into the heart of the bush and take some fairly large branches out, to get the air into it properly, and revive it for next year. I’m not too worried about cutting the lilac way back, because that just seems to encourage them.