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Wait until late spring to trim back established hedging shrubs and trees such as lilacs, hornbeams and yew. Remove most or all of the new spring growth to retain the plant’s desired size. Keep new growth to fill in any unwanted gaps. Fading lilac blooms should be removed in a couple of weeks to prevent seed formation.

Adrian Higgins

Adrian Higgins has been writing about the intersection of gardening and life for more than 25 years, and joined the Post in 1994. He is the author of several books, including the "Washington Post Garden Book" and "Chanticleer, a Pleasure Garden."

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