Our well established (30+ yrs) lilac shrub was hit by a snow plow. I was not here at the time and in order for them to get the vehicle off it, they chainsawed it and left 3 ft. stumps. It really looks bad. Not sure what to do or when? Any advice would be appreciated.
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Well, that doesn't sound too good, BUT it may be possible for the shrub to put out new shoots near the base of the plant, which could be used in creating another should the main plant not survive such a drastic pruning. Unfortunately, you will have to wait it out to see if the lilac begins putting out any new growth at all. If it puts out sucker growth at the base, they can be transplanted and have a good chance of surviving. You need to make sure that they have some roots of their own when you move them. Depending on their size, you may want to pot the little trees up for at least a whole season before planting out in the yard. This way they will be able to form stronger roots.