French Lavender and Dwarf Lilac - Knowledgebase Question

macomb, mi
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Question by alammy
August 9, 2005
I have French lavender growing in full sun location. It is doing very well but it is a little overgrown for the small area I have it planted in. Can I cut it back a bit without ruining it?

Also, I have two dwarf lilac bushes growing in my yard in partial shade. I am sorry I planted them there, for they take up the whole area. Can they be successfully moved to a new location?
thanks much!

Answer from NGA
August 9, 2005
French lavender can be trimmed to keep it in shape. Prune it lightly in the spring, then again in mid-summer and once again in late fall. Remove only a few inches of growth from each stem. Pruning back will encourage additional branching and lots more flowers.

You can transplant your dwarf lilacs when the weather cools in the fall, or in the winter, anytime the ground is not frozen. I'd transplant in the fall so the roots can establish themselves and be ready to grow in the spring.

Best wishes with your landscape!

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