This is the third post about this Lilac tree. Following a tree through the seasons I got from Treeblogging.com
When we bought our home in August it looked like a shrub. Rather bushy, not much personality.
October when we moved in I could see why. It was in need of a serious pruning and had been improperly pruned in the past, trunks cut a few feet up resulting in lots of suckers giving it its overgrown, shrub-like look.
In January we had some mild days, not many, but one was all I needed.
So I got to work with my secateurs.
A good start.
There, tidier already.
Now that the snow around its base has receded I was out at it again yesterday, this time with a handsaw.
The bigger trunks are slow by hand but it is good exercise and I am eager to be outside after a long winter. A trunk-per-weekend for the next few weeks will have a it ready for spring blooming.