Ask a Question forum: Lilacs with bacterial blight- help!

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May 15, 2017 2:08 PM CST
I have two large lilac bushes, probably 20+ years old. I have only lived in the house for 4 years. Last year I noticed some blackening on leaves and flowers, but then the trees seemed to recover, I thought perhaps it was only frost damage. This year I am certain it is bacterial blight. Both trees seem affected all over. While there are still some blooms and green leaves, I am not sure how I can prune affected branches away without simply cutting down both trees to the ground, which I am willing to do if it will save them. I truly don't want the lilacs to die. They are 10+ feet tall. Is there anything I can do to save them?
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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May 15, 2017 2:26 PM CST
Maybe this will help:

Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming...."WOW What a Ride!!" -Mark Frost


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