buried pet

leah438May 20, 2013

I recently had to bury my daughters cat and we planted a lilac on top of him like we did with my cat years ago. Except I planted a Magnolia over mine. I've noticed the bush was doing well for the last 2 months but now it has leaves that are brown on the edges and curling. Did I pick the wrong kind of plant for this? Is there anything I can do to help the lilac? It couldn't be caused by my dog peeing on it could it? None of my other lilacs have been affected by him.

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I would think this is a garden forum question.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 11:05AM
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If the lilac is small then yes, your dog peeing on it all the time could damage it. Have you been watering it regularly?
Lilac's are prone to fungal and bacterial disease so I'd take a cutting into your local nursery to see if it can be saved.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 12:56PM
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spedigrees z4VT

I can pass along this information from having made a mistake with two lilac bushes. They do not like to live in very wet soil. I killed one lilac, but managed to rescue the other by transplanting it from the wet area to a well drained hillside.

Another thing is that lilacs like alkaline soil, so if you have acidic soil as I do, it is a good idea to put ground limestone or wood ashes around them periodically.

I'm sorry for the loss of both kitties, now and in the past. I think planting a flowering bush on the spot(s) is a lovely memorial.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2013 at 11:20PM
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