How hard is it to transplant some lavender?

Denver: Our lavender is growing like weeds and taking over our planter beds here. I'd like to transplant SOME if it all over the yard and let it take over some other areas instead. How hard is it to transplant? Can I just stick a shovel in it and dig some up to transplant?
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The reason that I asked this, is not that I have a hard time transplanting things, but with this lavender, I tried digging into a huge bed of it with my big shovel and it won't even cut the stuff. How can I dig some of it up to transplant then?
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Angela Marsh wrote:

Instead of transplanting, take cuttings. Lavender is in the same family as mint, salvia, and oregano. It should be easy to get cuttings to root.
Use young, succulent shoots. Cut just below a leaf joint. Remove the two lowest sets of leaves. Pot up in a moist mix of 3 parts clean, coarse sand and 2 parts peat moss WITH NO ADDED NUTRIENTS. (When there are no roots, nutrients in the potting mix will promote fungus and rot.) The use of a rooting hormone is strongly suggested.
When cutting lavender, be sure to keep some leaves on any branch you cut. If you cut below the lowest leaf, the branch will die.
Lavender prefers a fast-draining, lean soil (not an abundance of nutrients). It also prefers arid conditions, so don't over-water.
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Thanks!
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On Sat, 02 Jun 2007 19:30:16 -0500, Angela Marsh

I grew lavender from seed which is a long process. During that time I transplanted the seedlings and they survived just fine. Although lavender prefers dry soils, you should water them immediately after the transplant. No fertilizer.
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On Sat, 02 Jun 2007 19:30:16 -0500, Angela Marsh

Try browsing http://www.sunshinelavenderfarm.com/planting.htm I'm personally acquanted with Annie Baggett, the owner of this business. She's both expert and friendly enough to give the best advice you can get on this subject of moving lavender plants. Lavenderis particularly difficult to maintain here in N. Carolina and she has made a thriving busines of it over several years.
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