Lilac tips and more from Master Gardeners

lilacs in Amherst NY
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

Lilacs, a staple of spring in Western New York, don’t like wet feet, according to an article in this month’s edition of WNY Gardening Matters, produced by the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension in Erie County. They will do best on hillsides or on level ground with good drainage.

The article “This Month in the Garden” suggests giving lilacs a top dressing of compost worked into the soil to help retain water. Fertilize with a high-phosphorus formula in early spring; too much nitrogen in the soil may cause poor blooming.

That article offers more information on lilacs as well as other tips.

The Canada thistle is the topic of a second article. Despite its name, this invasive plant is actually native to parts of Europe and Asia. Learn how to manage this thorny plant.

While we may call any small creature a bug, there is a scientific definition of what is actually a bug. Learn more in the third article, The Science of True Bug Insect ID: A Presentation by Dr. Wayne Gall.

1 Comment on “Lilac tips and more from Master Gardeners

  1. I love Canadian cedar red mulch! My source has dried up…any ideas where I can find bags of it ? I’m out in the town of Aurora near Emery Park.

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