Still trying to work on the flowers/yard since the veggies won't grow in this weather.
So, there are some very sorry looking lilacs in our backyard (planted by previous owner) - they definitely need pruning, most are about 4ft tall sticks with flowers spouting off of the top. Last year I pruned off all the flowers before they went to seed and I got a lot more flowers this year - but that kinda makes them look even sillier since there's no branches.
Everything I've found about pruning lilacs talks about pruning off "inside branches" and "shoots" - these have nothing of the sort - they're just one tall stick. Should I just cut the whole thing down and if so, how far down? When should I do this - when the flowers go to seed or in the fall?
I love lilacs so I think I'll just do some of them this year and the rest next so that I get some flowers next year.
I really appreciate your advice!