Hey guys. Here's one for you all! I have a yard that's a slow work in progress (very neglected student property). The owner wanted mulch installed around all the trees first, so I did that a few weeks ago. Before I even started, I told her this tree is half dead as it's hollow in several areas (animal condo!) yet the leaves grew fine this spring except for on the dead branches on the right side in the photo with no bark left on them! She won't let me cut the dead parts off. The leaves have recently started to fall off from the entire tree. There are a lot left yet, but it has the owner a bit concerned and frankly, I've never had a problem like this from installing mulch. Then again, most people agree for me to cut down the tree! It's natural shredded pine mulch, not the dyed type. Would watering the tree help, or is the tree toast? The owner would like to save it if at all possible. Even if I were remove the mulch and turn it into a flower garden? Thanks guys.