Just like you, but different
We had 4 trees in front of our house, right on the boundary line, and two of them were close to a drain, and you know the horror stories about roots and drains and repairs.
So MrsPdubyah said they had to go. So they did.
Naturally you want to explore your options before taking on a project, and it came down to two Options:
The stump remover\grinder chap will be here monday to take out the very bottom part of the trees, and a couple bags of soil and some new grass, and then I have enough for a cricket pitch. Just in time for summer. Or a water slide.
The saddest part is how little bulk there is in a tree.