The dragon-side of the hose is looking out from standing at the front entrance.
I bounced the others off our Feng Shui coach, Wendy Greer, here at the office...
With regard to the sloping landscape, Marie says that can signify abundance draining away from the home.You can either level off the landscaping out there, or put something in the windows overlooking it that stabilizes the energy. In Wendy's home in Eden Prairie, Marie suggested an amethyst mountain in the back window so the mountain energy minimized the draining effect.
As the tree isn’t dead, but just dormant, I would assume it’s okay. Maybe you should muscle test to see if you needs some stronger symbol in the Winter?