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My friend in Orient Point, Long Island has a big problem as a result of flooding from Hurricane Sandy. His grass was all yellow for quite a while. It seems to be okay now. . His lilacs trees have lost all their leaves. He wants to cut it down to the ground? Is this a good thing? Jean, Norwich, CT

Mort's Answer:
It would work but you can prune the tree properly now. Cut out half of the new pencil shoots. You should also remove any branches that are more than a half inch in diameter. Lilacs have an interesting cupped leave that can collect a lot of pathogens including fungi. I am sure the stems survived and this is a good time to give them a haircut. I also recommend applying lime every year to the lawn.

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