My husband used our chain saw to trim the branches to size. Read my funny story about how we got the chain saw. The lower terraced area is where we will build our vegetable garden boxes.
My idea of spring cleanup is to rearrange food storage, again. Does it ever end? I have a hard time visualizing how it will all fit, so periodically I have to rearrange it. I haven't converted to putting some of my long-term items into buckets yet, so I still use #10 cans. I think that's leftover from my California days where we struggled to find space in our home to store food, and #10 cans worked best. When we first moved to Utah (almost 2 years ago) I left the cans in boxes. Then I took them out and put them in our super duper storage room. But I didn't like them being so separated from all of the other food. So, they are back in boxes. :-)
My 17 year-old was a great help in putting 2x4's under the boxes of #10 cans that I was trying to fit in the outer room of our "food storage room." I neglected to do that when they first went in, and I was concerned that moisture might come up through the cement and the carpet and reach the bottom of the boxes. That meant he had to move all the boxes, trim the wood, place the 2x4's and then restack the boxes. I am grateful for all of my strong sons.