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Landscaping tip: Lilac shrubs

by editor on June 22, 2011

Lilac is often a Long Island landscaping favorite because of its fragrance and vivid color. But in addition to its aesthetic appeal, lilac shrubs also serve many other purposes to your Long Island landscape.

This aromatic shrub is one of the first to awaken in the spring, setting in motion the onset of the upcoming growing season. Perhaps since they are the first of the season to bloom, lilac shrubs are often used by small animals such as birds, squirrels and rabbits for a haven of protection. However, tightly planted shrubs that stay close to the ground can act as a deterrent to some animals, keeping them out of your precious Long Island landscaping. As well as acting as a barrier to animals, higher-growing lilac shrubs can also be used as a fence between you and your neighbors. So instead of having to try and ignore the drab Long Island landscape next door, you can instead take in the colorful hues of your sweet-smelling lilacs.

Perhaps the main reason lilac shrubs are such a Long Island landscaping favorite is due to their ease of care. Lilacs are a low-maintenance plant and really only require annual pruning. According to one Long Island landscaping expert, if properly planted and pruned, lilac shrubs will survive long after the planter, giving note to their exceptional durability and longevity.

Landscaping specialists recommend planting lilac shrubs where they can serve the most purpose. By planting them close to your deck or patio, or outside your living room or bedroom windows, you will be giving your Long Island landscape a beautiful setting and your indoors a constant stream of their perfumed essence.

If you’re looking for a great Long Island landscaping plant that requires the least amount of attention and care possible, lilac shrubs are a great choice!

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