Before you have a tree removed or mutilated by topping it (topping is a very destructive practice) you should asses the value it adds to your property. According to The Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers a mature tree can be worth $1000 to $10,000! That's quite an asset to be paying someone to remove. Also if you are thinking of selling your property The United States Forestry Service says that trees can add %10 to your total property value, that's $20,000 on a $200,000 house! With these types of values you should be very diligent about who you hire to take care of your tree health needs. Remember, anyone can cut a tree, only a professional can take care of it.