the plant is up, remove much of the soil from around the roots.
This can be done using water or lightly shaking the roots.
Once the soil has been removed, select a new location for
the plant. For best results when transplanting lilac bushes,
the new hole should be dug before removing the plant from
its current location. This will limit the amount of time that
the plant spends out of the ground. Ensure that the new location
will satisfy the needs of the plant. There should be a good
amount of direct sunlight each day, a minimum of six hours,
and also good drainage of water.
should be large enough to house the entire root system freely,
and not in a large clump. Spread out the roots and add soil
a little bit at a time and press firmly to remove any air
pockets and reinforce the support for the plant. The crown
of the lilac bush, where the roots come together, should be
just an inch or so beneath the surface of the soil, as the
roots need air to grow. Now, the plant must be watered gently,
to ensure the roots are in contact with the soil. When transplanting
lilac bushes, there is no such thing as being too careful
to the roots. Damaging roots while transplanting lilac bushes
can severely decrease the chance of survival.