Are you looking to do some digging in your yard this summer?

Whether you’re digging to plant a tree, build a fence or a patio, or install a mailbox, there are some digging tips you need to know in order to stay safe.

What do you need to know?

Check out this guide to discover the top summer safe digging tips.

1. Stretch it Out

Digging requires you to engage muscles all throughout your body. You’re going to be twisting, bending over, and lifting heavy chunks of land with a shovel.

Because of the physical exertion that’s required when digging, it’s very important that you stretch your body properly beforehand. This way, you won’t have to worry about pulling any muscles.

2. Use the Right Equipment

To stay safe when digging, you also need to make sure you’re using the right tools. Here are some of the tools you may need to help you dig:

  • Stakes and a Line: You should allows section off the area where you’re digging with stakes and a line to keep people out of this space
  • Spade: This should be used first to dig a pilot hole
  • Tile Shovel: This helps to loosen the earth
  • Clamshell Digger: This works to quickly remove loose soil
  • Reciprocating Saw: This will help you safely remove large roots
  • Digging Bar: This will help you safely dislodge large rocks
  • Plywood: If you’re leaving the site, you should always cover the hole with plywood
  • Water: Water can be used to lubricate your shovel to help you remove sticky clay

Also, make sure you wear comfortable clothes and a sturdy pair of shoes when digging.

3. File a Request

Before you dig your shovel into the ground, you must get ahold of your state’s 811 center to request permission to dig.

While it may seem like a hassle to do this, requesting the dig will help keep you and your community safe. The 811 center alerts you of underground utility lines. If you start digging without knowing where these utility lines are, then you run the risk of accidentally hitting one.

Accidentally hitting a utility line could cost you money in repairs. Additionally, it could disrupt local utility services, and it may even result in serious injury or death. Once you put in a request, someone will come over to your home to mark underground utility lines with flags or spray paint.

For your safety and the safety of others, don’t start digging until these markings are made.

However, it’s important to note that the 811 center doesn’t cover all utility lines. For this reason, it’s also a good idea to hire a private utility locating company.

4. Never Move a Utility Line

Even with the appropriate markings, there’s still a chance that you could hit a utility line when digging. If this happens, don’t move it and stop digging.

Get ahold of your local 811 center to help you resolve the issue.

Digging Tips: Are You Ready to Start Digging?

Now that you’ve read these digging tips, it’s time to begin your dig. Before you know it, the dig will be complete and you’ll be ready to plant a new tree, mailbox, or other items in your yard.

Also, if you’re looking to hire a private company to locate utility lines before you dig, contact us today