How to Create a Border with Lilac Bushes

What You'll Need
Lilac plant
Nutrient filled garden soil

One of the more popular, attractive and fragrant types of shrub are Lilac bushes. They last normally from mid spring to midsummer. As soon as the blooming has commenced the bush begins to work on its blooms for the following year. Once established very little care is required, here are some key hints to help in planting a beautiful lilac border.

Step 1 – Planting

Spring or fall is the recommended time to plant your lilac bush. Choosing a location for your lilac bush is important as they thrive with at least 6 hours of direct sunlight, they prefer afternoon sun. Lilac bushes can grow for well over a century so make sure where ever you decide to put them is a place you want them to stay. Somewhere with good drainage will be beneficial to your plant.

You’ll want the hole dug as deep as the root ball from the plant plus a few inches, the width should be the same as the depth. With equal parts garden soil and compost fill up the hole. To prevent weeds from taking your entire lilac bush’s water put no more than four inches of mulch around it. Unless you live where there is a steady rainfall you will have to keep your lilac bush thoroughly watered for the first month, moist soil, not mud is what you should strive for.

Step 2 – Spacing

The hedge rows should be spaced 5 feet apart at the least, even if they are being used for privacy. This is to keep your plants from becoming too crowded. If you are going to require less space between them then the dwarf bushes may be for you.

Step 3 – Care

In the early spring feeding your lilac bush a general purpose fertilizer will help it flourish. It may be necessary to fertilize it again when the spent flowers have fallen. Directly after blooming you will need to prune your lilac bush while trimming you should try to keep strong stalks each year. Lilac bushes prefer a humus rich soil, it is best to mix compost into the soil when trying to find a suitable planting soil for them.

For lilac tree care use of fertilizer is not necessary on a regular basis. Although to help promote bloom growth it is recommended to fertilize in the early spring as long as there is not an overabundance of nitrogen, this could cause deficient flowering. Certain insects will sometimes come in and bother your lilac bushes, as long as you are able to treat these pests immediately there should not be any problems. Sometimes simply spraying the bush with soapy water will help in doing away with the insects. Although if the infestations become more severe the entire plant may need to be pruned to help the critters disperse. Pruning also helps in preventing diseases.