We recently had a mishap with a hose spigot that wasn't completely shut off and it wasn't noticed until 2-3 days later. The only plant directly effected by the flooded area was a 5-6 year old Miss Kim Lilac. It was doing very well before this and stands probably 6ft tall.
We hardly use that particular hose spigot, so it wasn't noticed until we saw the lilac leaves turning wavy. Immediately turned off the water. Luckily no other nearby plants or, better yet, the basement got any trouble.
Anyway, after another day or two, the lilac leaves turned from wavy/curly green to a crispy brown. It had to be a result of the overwatering/drowning and not any type of pest.
The only positive is that there are two or three small shoots near the very bottom that stayed green and this is now a few weeks after the disaster.
My question is this: What to do? I'm assuming that it'll be best to cut it back almost to ground level (other than those couple shoots) and see if it slowly comes back again???
Between this and having our Japanese maple mobbed by bagworm moths for the first time, it's been a bad year for us landscape-wise.