We're very near to having electrical service to the cabin. To do this we'll need a pole added to the front of our property near the road to receive an electrical cable from across the street that will then run 700' underground to our house. But before we can have this dead wood pole put in we're required to clear out a bunch of live trees so they don't interfere with the overhead wire. It took Becca and I about 4 hour to clear six trees and their branches.
It's not easy to clear trees by a road. You're not really supposed to drop trees on the road... it's not safe, and you have to be very careful of passing cars. The problem is, the trees reach out over the open space for sunlight, so most trees growing by the side of the road lean over it.
I tried to drop them towards our land, but only a few would cooperate. Before I learned this I had one young 40 foot whipper snapper fall back onto the road, and the very top branches nearly grazed the wires across the street. It was the phone or cable tv wires, not the electric, which run much higher up the pole on unshielded wires. After that... we employed ropes and the truck to control the direction of the fall. Getting the ropes involved made the job a lot more complicated, but safer. I think in the future we'll be using ropes more often when we fell trees.