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Driving a straightedge spade around the outer spread of lilacs to sever the roots usually will stimulate the plant into setting more flower buds. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

HORTISCOPE: Cut back lilacs, spade roots to get bushier shrubs

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Q: I have some lilacs that bloom every year. They are very tall and planted in a row. For the most part, they only bloom on top. I have seen so many lilac bushes that are round and full and covered in blooms. How can I get mine to bloom like that?

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