I am expecting a visit from a tree service today. I am looking for an estimate on the removal of our Empress of China tree. The tree needs to come down, as it is brittle and constantly dropping pieces of itself on the deck. It also grows geometrically and though beautiful lacks internal strength. Our neighbors don't like it growing into the wires, and we don't like it in ours. The problem is that we love the tree, especially my wife, as it absorbs excess heat and enables us to sit on the deck on hot days. And it really requires clean-up almost every day of the year. I do not like waiting for estimate people, ever, as it leaves me in a limbo, not able to plan if or when I will be able to get out of the house.