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A transplanted lilac tree is more likely to survive when as much of the root.

Sep 21, A lilac tree with a diameter of 1 1/2 inches produces a rootball 22 inches in diameter; a inch diameter lilac tree had a rootball 83 inches in diameter. Warning It is not practical to move a rootball in excess of 3 feet in diameter without tree removal machinery that can dig deep enough and support the weight of the rootball. Jun 03, Lilac bushes offer fragrant, lacy blossoms in the springtime.

However, they can be very invasive plants. And once you have a lilac in your yard, you will not get rid of it easily. Jun 01, If you are transplanting a lilac that is mature and large, expect to work hard at digging out the rootball.

You still need to take out as large a rootball as possible, and you may need help to lift the mature plant’s rootball onto a tarp to move it. Plant. Jul 21, Dig around the base of the lilac bush using a shovel or spade. The goal is to expose as many of the roots as possible within 2 or 3 feet of the trunk. Aug 27, The Lilac borer (or ash borer, a type of clearwing borer moth) tunnels into lilac branches.

Signs include sawdust, sap and frass (excrement). Some plants tolerate this damage. Others experience dieback of branches and sometimes death of the entire plant. People are unlikely to notice them.