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when should i move my 4 ft lilac?

Hi hope you can help me. When is it best to move a lilac tree,is it in the depths of winter,now or in autumn when the leaves have dropped?

It hasn't grown too well where it is as I think there has been too much competition from a hebe.

Is partial shade ok?



  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 86,986

    I think I'd do it now Cotty.  Take as big a rootball as possible.  The leaves will fall soon anyway so won't be using any plant energy now and the soil is still relatively warm so the roots will get away well.

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • cotty1000cotty1000 Posts: 293

    Great. Thanks for your advice.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,632

    Yes Cotty I think now as well. As Dove says warm soil should allow root development before winter. Remember next year to keep it well watered as transplanted trees and shrubs need a bit of extra care for first couple of years.

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