When a tree dies, how does it fall?
Hi - two years ago we bought a new house, already constructed, and the oak behind the house had clearly been damaged during construction. My husband desperately wants to give this tree a chance, so we opted to have it pruned rather than taken down entirely (for now). Several tree experts have taken a look at it and the decision is split whether it will live or die. Nobody seemed to think it was in imminent danger of falling.
My concern is this: how will we know when the tree is a danger of falling onto the house? (My son's window is right below it!) Do trees die and THEN fall? do they fall suddenly and catastrophically or do they fall slowly and as gently as a giant tree can fall?
In other words, how good an idea is it to keep trying to save this tree?