A good customer of mine calls about a red oak in it's second year of decline.
Probably 3/4 of the tree is bare and the tree is located on the property line. At first I am thinking oak wilt or anthracnose, but it's not an even decline. All the leafed branches are on the owners side of the tree.
on closer inspection I find the neighbor has placed 2 to 3 feet of fill on his side of the line. This is covering almost 1/2 of the root diameter of the tree. He put the fill in 1 to 2 years ago.
So we have die back, and from the looks of the tree, death next year from what I think is the fill.
Is this worth following up?
Have a certified or consulting arborist verify that the fill killed the tree and place a value on the tree.
I talked with the local office of Bartlett Tree Experts and they did not want to do this. Said it wasn't worth their time (can't understand how anyone can say that)
The neighbors are not on good terms and with the potential for court time how should I expect a certified arborist to bill.