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Getting Rid of Lilac Suckers?

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:

www.thriftyfun.com/tf56468037.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?

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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:

homeguides.sfgate.com/prevent-tree-sucker-regrowth-29480...

www.todayshomeowner.com/.../

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April 21, 20170 found this helpful

You tear them, not cut them, to remove the whole thing.

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