Restoring Lilacs

by Karen Bates
(last updated October 3, 2011)

Flowering bushes can make a beautiful addition to just about any yard, and flowers with a pleasant fragrance make the bush even more enjoyable. There are many trypes of flowering plants that you can add to your yard, but one of the most lovely is the lilac bush.

Lilac bushes produce beautifully-colored blooms that give an amazing fragrance in the springtime. The color of the lilac blooms can vary, but they tend to be purple or pink in appearance. Although these bushes are easy to care for in many climates, you may at some point end up with a lilac bush that looks unhealthy. If this is the case, you will need to work on restoring your lilac bush back to its former beauty.

If you have lilacs in your yard that don't seem as healthy as they used to, consider these ideas to help bring the bush back to health:

  • Prune the lilac bush when needed. New flowers may not grow if you leave too many faded, dead, or dried-up flowers on the bush, and allowing branches to grow out of control can negatively affect the plant's health. Keep the plant neatly trimmed to ensure good health. Because these plants have the potential to get huge, pruning is a good way to keep things under control.
  • Be sure you are watering the lilac correctly. Like any other plant, too much or too little water can harm your lilac bush. Monitor the amount of water you give the plant to help you decide if you need to start giving more or less water.
  • Make sure the plant is receiving the right amount of light. An unhealthy lilac bush may be this way due to not getting enough sun or getting too much. You may need to transplant the lilac if it is struggling in its current location.
  • Is your climate right for lilacs to grow successfully? Be sure that the lilac bush is able to live in your region.
  • Look at the kind of soil the lilac bush is planted in. You may need to add to the soil to help give the lilac the proper nutrition. Do a little research about soil, and take a look at the soil you already have to determine if it is good enough for your plant.

Take care of your lilac plant, and it can stay healthy and beautiful for many years.

Author Bio

Karen Bates

An English student who enjoys writing and art, Karen has had her poetry published in her university's literary journal and has several novels in the works. ...

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