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Nov 30, If you are like me, digging up bushes and trees SUCKS. And never gets all of the roots up, unless you dig a monster hole. So here is a MUCH better way, and. Jun 11, Cut bush and dig out soil around root system and chop as necessary to get stump beneath soil level.

Set up a standard car jack on top of the plywood scrap on one side of the lilac trunk and stack two concrete blocks on the other side, instructs Family Handyman.

Brush cut surfaces with herbicide. Cover with soil. Upvote. twelvepole.

Tip When using the car jack to pull a lilac trunk out of the ground, reduce the tension on the chain before cutting any of the exposed roots.

View Public Profile. Find all posts by twelvepole. # 5.AM. Jun 03, One solution to the problem of removing old lilac bushes is pulling them out. Watering the ground around the plant thoroughly helps loosen the soil.

You can try pulling out the roots by hand if the plant is young. Use a shovel and hoe to dig down on all sides, exposing the roots. Use the shovel to remove the entire rootball. Jul 21, How to Get Rid of Old Lilac Roots & Trunks. The common lilac (Syringa vulgaris) is a popular perennial shrub that produces fragrant white or purple flowers. These shrubs grow best in. Step 4.

Dig down about 8 inches, cutting the roots as you go and removing the dirt until you just have the base of the bush stump showing. Use the reciprocating saw to cut through the stump, perpendicular to the ground. Don't worry about getting a straight cut, since it will be buried.