Dead tree..need to replace it?
First off, please forgive me..this is my first post, and I am a very inexperienced gardener.
We moved into a new construction home in Richmond, SW of Houston. Builder planted the standard 2 oaks in the front. One is apparently dead. It dropped all its leaves, and has been that way for a few months now.
Is it safe to say that it is indeed dead? The other one looks good.
I'm not certain that I would want two huge oaks in the front yard in 40-50 years anyway. (Not that I would be there).
So assuming its dead, should I replace it, and if so, with what? A smaller ornamental?
I am really clueless so any guidance is much appreciated! We have built a lot of beds and are making a good effort to have a nice yard because I do enjoy it.