OK, I knew it wouldn't be cheap, but wow! just got my first estimate to remove a very old, very large silver maple. Anybody in the Madison area have anybody to recomend? I plan on getting at least 3 estimates. After owning this house for not even a year I wasn't planning on all these expenses ~ something a renter never thinks about :) I thought about keeping the tree after getting the first quote but some roots are getting into the pipes, alot you can see above ground and the branches are over my neighbors bedroom and they were quite happy when I said I wanted to get rid of it.