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Getting Rid of Lilac Suckers

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A blooming lilac bush.
Lilac shrubs produce lots of root suckers. That is good if you are trying to create a hedge, but not so much when they start coming up in your flower beds or lawn. This is a guide about getting rid of lilac suckers.
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April 21, 2017

My neighbors planted lilac bushes on the other side of my fence a few years ago. I now have hundreds of suckers that are strangling my perenials on my side of the fence. How can I get rid of them without damaging my plants or the lilac bush?

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April 22, 20171 found this helpful
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I like this response on ThriftyFun about making a copper or plastic barrier:

http://www.thri  6468037.tip.html

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April 22, 20170 found this helpful
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You may have a difficult problem that no one has considered. You do not say what type of fence but I assume you mean a wire/chain-link fence which means the suckers are coming under and through the fence?

Can you actually get to the suckers to "rip them off"? Is there room between your plants and the fence to work at removing the suckers?

If you can even cut the suckers, there is a product (sucker stopper?) that you can spray on that will stop the sucker from growing again and there are other products that may work.

Here are a couple of sites that have some interesting suggestions:

http://homeguid  rowth-29480.html

https://www.tod  c-sucker-growth/

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By 0 found this helpful
June 30, 2009

How does one get rid of the little runners from a Lilac bush?

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July 1, 20090 found this helpful

You can cut down the existing suckers, then try weed barrier cloth covered with 3 to 4 inches of mulch, but there is no guarantee that will work.

Mowing will only exacerbate the suckering, not quell it. You can try Sucker Stopper RTU (Ready To Use), but it is very expensive. Right now a 22 oz. bottle is $33 online.

Here is some info. about Sucker Stopper:

http://www.mont  s/suckerstopper/

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July 6, 20090 found this helpful

Suckers come thru the weed barrier, they are very persistant. In some pruning books they suggest trimming suckers to ground level, removing the dead flowers and eliminating 1/3 of the oldest (read: biggest) branches per year. This will promote more new growth which produces the flowers and keep the shrub from only flowering at the very top. Hope this helps!

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