We have a pine tree in our backyard leaning at 35 degrees of an angle. On one side of the tree the roots seem to be separating from the ground(there is a hollow gap of 6 inches forming underground between roots and ground, because the dirt is lifting up in between the roots the hollow space is not visible.) The tree is tilting everyday another 1/16 of an inch more measured at 12 feet up. Our landlord doesn’t believe me that the tree was s falling nor will come over to inspect it. A small storm will tip it 1/4 inch, a very heavy storm will tip the tree 2 inch. Any suggestion of how to convince our landlord that the tree(30-40 feet tall) will fall? Or are pine tree’s roots to strong to make it fall? Will it fall suddenly? I think when it reaches 37 degrees it might snap. Is there a common sense angle at which one should cut a tree? Thanks, Jan
Move anything you want from the fall zone , and document your correspondence with the owner. Trees can grow at amazing angles but it sounds like yours is falling. Last spring there was a 20" diameter oak leaning about 20 degrees toward the power lines from the National Forest ; I called the power company and they put it on their "list" of thing to do. After a few weeks we had another heavy rain. That oak and a vertical 100 ft X 30 " diameter ( a medium tree here) southern pine both fell . The pine would have leveled my garden shed except the power lines stopped it just as it touched my roof. Points :
- Trees fall , sometimes even if vertical.
- It is the wet ground as much as the wind that drops them.
- They tip over in the wet soil most often ( not snap).
- There is a chance no one will take timely action.
Cutting a tipped tree can be risky ; it should be easy to find a professional to take down a modest size tree of 35 ft. As reference ; last summer I had a 100 ft X 40 " diameter pine ( big but not very big) cut down and hauled away for $ 500 , it required a 100 ft boom to reach it from the driveway, (there is a busy lumber industry here in the Piney Woods). On second thought ,since it is not your tree you better stick with documentation and do not walk under the tree.