...know anyone in NE Indiana who is good at topping/trimming trees but would be willing to do it for reeeeeeeeeally cheap? We have two trees in our back yard. A big pine that was originally a live Christmas tree from the previous owners and a big....I think...some kind of Elm. The elm is probably around 100 years old but is in desperate need of trimming. It's very spread out and has a LOT of dead branches. I started calling around to get some estimates and just got the first one. Just to have it trimmed (we would take care of removing the cut stuff) is $400 and it just goes up from there. Trimming and removal would be about $600 and to have the entire tree removed would be around $900. I don't really want to cut it down entirely.....it's the only shade in the yard and I hate the thought of cutting down a hundred year old tree. But...something definately needs done. It hangs over fencing on both sides of the yard and somewhat over the garage and part of the house. Plus, it is seeping some kind of moisture and if the whole thing went down, God knows what it would take out. That's another thought though. Who could I call to find out if the center is solid or diseased?