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Question: I have an oak tree in my front yard that looks about 50 feet high. It is on the corner of my lot, there is the street about 10 feet infront of it and my neighbor's driveway 6 feet to the right. The rest is my yard. The problem is the limbs are rotting and then falling off the tree. Also, there is some green lichen on the limbs, but all the trees have it and it seems to be b/c of the shade. I don't want to lose the tree or cut it down because it is beautiful and energy efficient living in the south. The back of my house is noticably warmer than the front (10 degrees inside). I'm wondering if there is any way to prune the tree so that it's stronger and stop it from growing any higher. I would most certainly have to hire someone, but I need to know if there is anything I can be doing. Thank you so much!

Answer: Sharline,

That is a rather complex question which can't be answered properly without being there to examine the tree. I suspect something can be done. My recommendation is to call a trained certified arborist to come out and make an assessment. You can locate certified arborists in your area at the following web site:

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