I need some straight talk
The owners before me planted several Lilacs in poor locations. 'I've got one in the planting bed under the eaves- which is 15" wide and bordered by a walkway - and there is a weeping japanese maple on the other side of that walkway.
Both these plantings want to throw themselves right over the walk way and meet in the middle.
The weeping Japanese Maple wins the popularity contest so he can have half the walkway- but the Lilac has to stay in his little spot.
It's about 6 feet tall now, and wants to be 4 feet wide. I keep hacking it back and down, but I probably need to get it out.
The trick is there is a gas main under it- probably 8 inches below grade. It is undoubtably growing all around that main.
should I just keep weed whacking it into shape for ever more? I mean I kinda have been treating it like a hedge that needs shaping just in desperation. But CAN I keep doing this or am I not thinking this through?