Dying? pine branches overhanging my roof
A large forked branch of a neighbour's pine tree is overhanging my roof. The problem is that in the last year it seems to have died, possibly of a fungus. The pines turned a deep rusty red then eventually fell off leaving bare twig-like branches which are a weird silvery white colour and look as though the bark has been peeled off. The fir cones on those particlar branches have blown up huge and are dark coloured (surrounding cones on healthy branches are long, slim and bright green. I can see what looks like a crusty white fungus type growth on the affected branches.
Is this just an odd branch dying off and of no consequence or it it something more serious which could lead to the whole tree dying. I am also worried about the branches cracking off onto my roof.
The house owners live overseas and there is a tree preservation order in force here so I don't want to draw on myself the expense of involving the Council unecessarily. Many thanks.
- 29 Aug, 2008