The last couple of weeks I've been squeezing in some time to take down some of the dead poplars ("popple" in the local vernacular) on the edges of my property. Fortunately it's been nice enough temperature wise and dry enough rain wise for me to drop them into the field surrounding me on two sides. It's always a rush to get it down before the farmer starts working the field. I got about 6 or 7 of them down and cut up and have a few more to go. Tonight I worked for a while on pulling in the branches, getting most of the twigs (with a rake) and stacking the cut up sections. I'll still have some cutting on this to do to get it into firewood size and some splitting. It will be bonfire wood for my neighbor and I, I traded him a bunch of it for his two dead elm trees last fall. I still have more clean up to do and more trees to drop. Some of the trees will have to be dropped into my yard, so they can wait. I'll get the rest of the clean up done tomorrow (and Friday if need be) after work. From Saturday until done I will be taking the rest down one at a time and cleaning it up before moving onto the next tree.
I figure I will have at least a week before the farmer is in the field. I hope for two weeks so I can get some other things done, like burying the wire from the meter to the house (damn gophers!)