Grateful to have found this forum! We have a maple in our front yard that has been on the decline for approximately 4 seasons. It stands about 20 ft. tall, and was very healthy and productive when We moved in 6 1/2 years ago, but this spring there are only buds and new growth on the bottom third with visible dead branches And no signs of life above that—-By comparison, our tree is stunted and is about 1/3 the size of neighborhood trees planted around the same time. No idea what type of maple it is. (sorry). We first noticed problems with the highest main branch about 4 years ago and wondered if it had been struck by lightning as it appeared black. Last summer the bark nearer to the bottom part of the trunk began to split and come away from the tree’s trunk. I love this tree and would like to help it! Addition- - close To driveway and normally we do not use salt in the winter but 2 winters ago we had to resort to using it as the ice buildup created very dangerous conditions. - no doubt the kids have run over the roots with the lawn mower in their haste to complete the assigned lawn task. - The ground around the base is very hard and difficult to dig. Any help or guidance is would be very much appreciated!