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My upstairs neighbours idea of a perfect garden is the slabbed over back garden and circular clothes drier. There is nothing planted in her part of the garden. Today she tidied up a year and a half's worth of debris and contrary to my request cut large sections of a lilac tree which was doing nothing except exisiting to cause her a problem. Is this going to harm the rest of the tree which is now finally in bud after such a long cold winter?

BobTheGardener

No, it shouldn't harm it, but you can delight in the knowledge that any branches pruned at this time of the year will now grow much stronger on her side, thus giving her more of a problem in the future! 

To restrict growth rather than encourage it, most trees are best pruned in late summer.

nutcutlet

Just make sure that what is cut have been done properly, no snaggy bits to cause problems later

BobTheGardener

Good idea, nut, just in case the neighbour has done a real hack job (which sounds quite likely!)

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