moving an established rose

i am z5 in northwestern il on an old dairy farm and have a 4yr old "hot cocoa" rose. it grows to about 3'each yr in a rich soil composted heavily with rabbit manure. has never shown signs of mildew or black spot though i have it on other, weaker roses in my 2 acres of gardens. it is being overtaken by a lilac that is too close. can i safely move it to a new location? if so, how and when. last year i severely pruned the lilac to keep it in the sun.
Submitted by BHGPhotoContest

Well the best time to move an established rose is in the very early sspring while the plant is still dormant. Dig as large of a root ball as you can in order to minimize shock t o the plant.I recommend using a sharp spade, working around the plant. I can't see your specimen, but I'd start digging about two feet or so from the crown of the plant. If the plant is dormant it won't hurt it if you break some roots  during transplanting. And, of course, remember to move it to a sunny spot. "

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