Asked on May 10, 2017

Can you move a lilac tree without damaging the tree?

JohnPeggy BurnetteBobbie


6 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 10, 2017

    Transplanting should be done in the fall when there will be less stress.Carefully dig around the root ball wide and very deep.Have your new hole already in place and make sure it it twice the size. Place peat's in the area and plant the lilac tamping out the air pockets in the soil.Make sure the roots get watered.
  • Lezlie
    on May 10, 2017

    Thank you!

  • Rsb11990940
    on May 13, 2017

    Sometimes when moving a lilac... the tree will not show flowers for the first year but will in year 2.
  • Bobbie
    on May 13, 2017

    Be careful when digging the root ball so you get as much root as possible. Lilacs at my home are notorious for shooting up young ones.
  • Peggy Burnette
    on May 13, 2017

    depending on how big it is. You will need to dig it with a large ball of dirt on it and move it to its new home asap; Water it in really good and it should be fine. Good luck

  • John
    on May 13, 2017

    best done in spring after no more frost, or in fall before first freeze...i moved mine twice....first i cut down to a managable size...pruning does not damage the plant....mine was about ten feet tall and wide.....advice- do not plant close to the house as roots can damage the foundation or can cause a sidewalk to heave and buckle
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