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When do I transplant a lilac?

My lilac is about 5-6 years old and gets too much shade now from surrounding trees. When should we transplant it and should we cut it back first? How much? Are the roots deep? We live in SE Iowa, zone 4-5. Carol
Submitted by choco19501

Hi, Well first, a lilac can take a lot of work to move, but if you have muscle power you should be able to get the job done. Second, the best time to do t his is in late winter/early spring, while the plant is still dormant. If you move it now,  you could easily kill it. If I were you, I'd probably trim it back now since this is the best time to prune lilacs and then wait till early spring for the big dig.

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