I have 5 maple trees that will be cut down shortly. 2 are growing out of one base, and 3 are growing out of the other. Each trunk is about 2' in diameter. And FWIW I'm not cutting them down for sport; they are quite close to the house, leaning over the house, and have large portions already broken off.
I have 2 questions:
1. The 3 trees growing out of one base have a giant base mound that is about 6' in diameter and about a foot off the ground before the 3 trees grow out separately. Is there usable wood in this mound close to the ground?
2. How do I calculate if it's worth trying to save the lumber and get someone with a portable sawmill to come out and cut up boards properly?