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We are renting a house with a huge pine tree (over 30 feet). About a quarter of it looks dry and dead. What can be done about a ginormous tree?
 

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Call the landlord and tell them that you have a dead tree that needs removed before it falls and damages the house. They'll call in a tree removal service with proper equipment.
 

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Yup. I suggest one cut pruning too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yup. I suggest one cut pruning too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> that made me laugh.<br><br>
Ditto calling the land lord for a one cut pruning.
 

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1/4 of a tree being dead doesn't mean the tree is dead/dying. If they actually have a real arborist come out and look rather than hiring a tree chopper than they can decide if it is a bug/disease issue. Certain pines are prone to insects. the tree may just need some pruning but not removal.
 

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I would hate to have it removed. It provides a home to several different species of bird, and I love their different sounds. Plus, it gives us shade. A tree specialist is probably in order.
 

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Or, you could call the extension office. They provide free assistance rather than hiring someone. Our extension office has certified arborisits on staff.<br><br>
I should have asked, what 1/4 is dead? Many pines have "dead" lower branches as they grow.
 

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It's kind of a big gaping hole on the northwest side of the tree. The branches are brown with few needles. It's strange looking.<br><br>
If the extension has free services, even better!
 

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Ahh... what sort of pine is it? Is the gap near the road?
 

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Ok, this is going to sound crazy but we got a call from a home owner with a similar issue. It turned out that a garbage truck would pull up right aside of the tree. The continued poisoning from the exaust stack caused a big brown hole in the side of the pine tree. Could that possibly be what is happening?
 

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yes, do the above. since it is their property it is both their responsibility as well as right to be the authority in getting it done. You should not have to pay for any of the removal nor deal with it. If I were you I'd make sure whom ever is bringing it down does so responsibly. If your landlord does it themselves be on hand to suggest to them to top it first and bring it down in sections rather than all at once. Less potential for damage.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">1/4 of a tree being dead doesn't mean the tree is dead/dying. If they actually have a real arborist come out and look rather than hiring a tree chopper than they can decide if it is a bug/disease issue. Certain pines are prone to insects. the tree may just need some pruning but not removal.</div>
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while this is the best possible outcome I doubt the landlord will pay for a tree doctor and treatment. It could be one of many problems with several different outcomes. It could be bugs, lighting damage (you can usually tell by a burnt, dead line running in a spiral around the tree down to the ground), toxins directed at the part of the tree that is dying, etc. Pine tree are pretty tolerant. They don't need watering, fancy growth aids, or anything to keep them going. I've can't say I've EVER seen a pine get better after having part of it die. Pruning would probably only delay it's fate UNLESS the dead part is from an old injury and has stopped spreading. If it is near the top it could have been some sort of pollutant when the tree was younger... that could prehaps be pruned out.
 

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I would hate to remove it. That would need to be a last resort. A family of magpies live in there, and sometimes quail, robins, and some small bird I can't identify.
 

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Some of our pines are infested with mistletoe. It's parasitic. I'm not sure what you would do about it though. Its just a thought!
 

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look into bagworms. our property has 99 evergreens and pine trees and they got infested. it damaged only sections but damaged them severely. look carefully at the pinecones. look at "normal" pinecones, then compare with the damaged area. are there any "funny looking" things instead of pinecones? they are smaller than pinecones and have a sharper point on the ends. the worms come out as flies and infest other parts of the trees. this is what it *sounds like* to me. if so, tell your landlord to have it sprayed. this is the only way to save the tree.
 
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