That is the correct answer. One thing I did notice is the girdling root. Other than that, I would consider this tree to be a low risk.I don’t know the exact answer to your question but seems like you’ve been asked if the tree should be removed. That question really needs an arborist. But another way of looking at it is, any tree can fall at any time. Wet soil and high winds take down many otherwise healthy trees. That is a big tree. If it falls, what might it land on? Is that risk acceptable? Looks to be basically in the middle of nowhere. Do kids play on and under it? Is there a house it can land on? A street? If an arborist is not in the cards, tell the client you don’t have a crystal ball, any tree can fall at any time and if that’s a major problem (risk to life or unacceptable risk of severe property damage), the tree should come down.
You are right, of course, but reality is what it is. The homeowner may be trying to pass liability to the OP if it falls. No thanks — advice is, yeah, it might fall or it might not. Martians might invade the earth, here’s my invoice .Because our society is so litigious, an arborist will always say when in doubt cut it out. This will prevent liability and potential law suits.
From the looks of it, I think the trees with the mulch volcanoes are on the neighbor's property.All of those trees are in trouble. If you click on that picture a couple of times, it gets bigger and someone has been pilling mulch on it. The ones by the street (pines?) are worse, and looks like there is about 2 foot high pile of mulch on them. The Sycamore seems to have the least amount though.
Extension educators, arborists, and other knowledgeable horticulturists have railed against the prevalence of mulch volcanoes for decades. So why do we still see so much mulch piled around the trunks of trees?extension.psu.edu
All you have to do is speak in terms of risk, high risk, moderate risk, low risk, that's it. The homeowner is the one evaluating the risk and deciding if it's worth it to keep the tree or not. It's when you start saying the tree is safe or not that things can get squishyYou are right, of course, but reality is what it is. The homeowner may be trying to pass liability to the OP if it falls. No thanks — advice is, yeah, it might fall or it might not
Yep. "Filthy" is an accurate description.It's fine. I have a neighbor down the street with an oak with a worse lean than that and it has few branches to balance it out. It has survived every hurricane that's hit it while others close by succumbed to the storms. They are dirty trees and I'm glad I don't have one close by.