Posted by Mike G on May 20, 2003 at 21:47:29:
In Reply to: Lilac Bush posted by KLB on May 19, 2003 at 07:47:36:
: My lilac bush has numerous dead branches inside. The tips of some branches have flowers and leaves but there are a significant number of dead branches with no leaves on the inside of the bush. Should I cut them off? Also, there are new branches with no flowers near the ground. The landscaper put a mesh net with 3 - 4 inches of mulch around the bush last year. Is this killing the bush?
If the branches are dead wood than it is best to remove them. Did the landscaper use the mesh to insulate the plant for winter? I can't think of any other reason why he'd do that. I'd remove the mesh with mulch because air has to enter through the ground to the roots and the mulch is limiting it.