Asked on May 10, 2017

How to stop a lilac from sprouting at the ground level

Janey B.Nancy TurnerJanet Pizaro


Our lilac tree once bushed out normally but then hundreds of suckers began to sprout around the base of the bush. How can this be stopped. I have pruned the main bush 1/3 over 3 years with no difference...
3 answers
  • Janet Pizaro
    on May 10, 2017

    All trees and bushes will produce suckers.The only thing you can do is cut them off.
  • Nancy Turner
    on May 11, 2017

    Agree, cut off the suckers that you don't want. I have left a few under my bush that is next to the neighbors house. It is as tall as her house. The people who lived in our house before us indiscriminately cut back the mid section of the tree at the main branches instead of just cutting back the branches that hung too far over the driveway. The middle is not totally empty and I am letting a few suckers grow to help fill out that area. So far they are growing well and bushy, but will take a few more years to fill out that empty area and fill it with flowers. I hope it will work.
  • Janey B.
    on May 14, 2017

    The more suckers you trim the bushier the main pant will get.
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