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Winter Lawn Care Projects That Might Require Hiring an Excavation Service
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      Although the winter season is generally a time when you should take it easy and rest in the warm comfort of your home after a long year taking care of your lawn and garden, it’s not always like that. Sometimes, you’ll find that the winter lawn care projects you have to take care of are even more challenging than what you have to do in the summer:

  •          Redesigning your lawn and garden will be a big project that requires excavation almost every time. You will likely have to dig under your lawn, which means you will need to take all the safety precautions necessary and call before you dig Fort Collins experts before you get started.
  • ·       Eliminating or replanting certain trees and shrubs will also be a pretty challenging project, especially in the winter when the ground is rock solid. You will likely need the services of a specialized excavation expert, before you even plan the project in the first place.
  • ·       Finally, having your lawn replaced or replanted might also require some excavation, depending on the scope and size of your project. While this isn’t generally something most homeowners do in the winter, you might find it necessary, if you want your new lawn to look bright and beautiful once the snow melts.
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The Damage That Can Be Caused When You Don’t Call Before You Dig
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Have you heard of the “call before you dig” saying? This essential recommendation applies to all those who need to use excavation as part of their construction or landscaping projects. It is imperative to call 811 to identify Colorado Springs utilities locations. If you fail to call 811 before starting to dig, a lot of potential issues can come up, including the following:

  • You could hit a phone line or an electric line. In many cases, these utility lines run under various properties, and some are also quite old. So even mild contact can end up damaging them considerably, which could lead to a lot of disputes and unwanted expenses.
  • A more serious problem occurs when you hit a water or sewage pipe, or even a gas line. While the first two cases can be very destructive and the work required to fix the problem can be extensive, hitting a gas line can even be lethal.
  • The main issue is that you never know what you’re going to hit. There were cases when building plans showed no underground utility lines in an area where excavation work was started, but an Colorado Springs utilities locations electric or water line was still hit, because the plans weren’t accurate.

So, it becomes clear at this point that the “call before you dig” recommendation (or, in some places, required action) is one that exists not only to protect your assets and finances, and to prevent unwanted work extensions, but also to protect the lives of your workers and Colorado Springs excavation experts.

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Alkaline vs. Acidic Soil: Helpful Tips for Testing Your Soil’s pH
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Depending on whether your soil has a lower or higher pH level, you might be able to grow different plants, some of which require a specific level of pH and specific types of nutrients and minerals in order to grow. In order to know whether to take steps to reduce or increase the pH of your soil, however, you will have to find a viable means of testing the pH in the first place.

Now, not everyone has access to special kits that can provide an accurate assessment of your soil’s pH. Fortunately, there are ways to do that without a kit.

You can test your soil with a combination of vinegar and baking soda. Collect some soil from different parts of your garden, and add about ½ cup of vinegar per 1 cup of soil. If it fizzes, your soil has a pH between 7 and 8, which is considered alkaline.

If it doesn’t fizz, then use a second batch of soil in a second cup. Add distilled water to the container, then add ½ cup of baking soda. At this point, if it fizzes, then it means the pH is somewhere between 5 and 6 (acidic). The goal is to obtain soil that doesn’t react at all. This would mean the soil is neutral, having a pH of 7.

Once you know pH levels, you have a good idea of what kinds of plants will grow best. For safe digging call before you dig in Denver to make sure power sources remain uninterrupted.

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Do You Have to Excavate Before Clearing Trees from Your Yard?
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The question of whether it’s necessary to dig before clearing trees from one’s yard is one that has many possible answers, depending on the type of tree you own, whether or not the tree is still alive, and whether the tree is small enough for its roots to be ignored.

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Let’s start with the beginning: the most effective way of removing a tree from your property is to remove it together with its roots. After all, if the tree isn’t dead, cutting it down partially will simply slow its growth. In fact, there are a lot of different types of trees that will start growing new branches as soon as they were cut down.

Of course, even with dead trees, old stubs can be unsightly, and they can also get in your way if you want to build something new in their place. As a result, excavating to remove the roots might be the only solution in certain cases.

While smaller trees have small enough roots to be removed just using a simple shovel, many larger or older trees can extend their roots across an area with a diameter greater than 5-7 feet. This poses some serious problems when you try to excavate the roots, since some might be entangled with underground utility lines. The best course of action would be to call 811 for an underground cable locator evaluation prior to attempting any excavation work, and make sure nothing will be damaged in the process.

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The Importance of 811 Calls: Is It the Law in Colorado to Call Before You Dig
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There are a lot of changes when it comes to projects that require digging throughout the United States. Colorado is one of the states that made the bold move of enforcing a new law that promotes the “call before you dig” program. The idea is that residents and companies that use excavators to dig beneath their properties are now required to call 811 to have the area checked before they proceed.

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While this course of action was just precautionary before this year, 2018 marks the year when the bill, SB18-67 Enforce Requirements 811 Locate Underground Facilities was passed, providing authorities with the power to sanction anyone who handles digging projects without taking the precaution to call before you dig in Fort Collins to check underground utility lines.

Even though you can get away without worrying about the consequences in other states, Colorado law is now quite strict with those who ignore the necessity of calling 811. Moreover, further progress along this path aims to sanction all underground facilities built during or after the year 2020, that can’t be electronically locatable when installed.

So, if you want to move house or to move your business to Colorado, make sure you take note of these essential details. Calling 811 can save you a lot of trouble and present you with a more convenient way to handle all your projects.

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How Can Not Calling 811 Before You Dig Cost You a Lot of Money
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Imagine you’re sitting comfortably in your living room watching Sunday night football, when your electricity disconnects, and you find out that there are no repairs being done anywhere in your neighborhood. However, to your dismay, you look out the window and see your neighbor digging around their yard without the support of an expert. At this point, you realize what might happen, and you walk out to confront them about it.

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This scenario plays out the same way over and over again in countless American homes. The result is that the neighbor gets into a lot of trouble, and ends up having to pay for the reconnection and possible repair work that the other party will require help with.

Now, that’s all well and good, but what if you begin excavating around your house and you hit an old gas pipe. That’s a far more serious problem, and it can also be extremely dangerous. Naturally, the financial stress required to solve this problem will be even greater.

Calling 811 and making sure there are no water or gas pipes and no utility lines running under the area you want to excavate can save you a lot of trouble and unwanted expenses. The work required will only take a limited time, and you can continue excavating with recommendations from your local Colorado Springs utilities locations experts.

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Landscaping and Interior Renovation Done Right: Fall Projects That Will Require Excavation
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As the fall approaches, you will be faced with a few projects that cannot suffer any delays. This is true for projects that would allow for the replacement of certain important landscaping elements such as walkways and driveways, as well as tree removal and projects revolving around the repair or the complete removal of certain utility lines.

What all these projects have in common is that you will likely need to excavate around your home, in order to get them finished. That means you’ll have to hire a dependable and experienced contractor for the job, and you won’t be able to cut costs, since the work is very delicate, and will require remarkable precision to pull it off.

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Also, some of these projects will require excavation, you’ll have to keep in mind that it is necessary to call before you dig Denver utility line specialists to check out whether any power lines, phone lines, pipes or other utilities run through the area that will have to be excavated.

Once these jobs are completed, you can rest assured that your home will look and feel better than ever, and that the curb appeal of your home will also improve, so you’ll have no difficulty whatsoever when it comes to selling your home for a real profit.

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What Are the Most Popular Yard Decorations for This Halloween?
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Halloween can quite possibly be a frightfully beautiful time of the year, when your creativity in decorating your home will be challenged by all your neighbors. The following tips should help you make sure your house will look like the scariest and most fashionable home in the neighborhood, even If you don’t go all out on expenses.

Anything that’s orange, glowing or eerie should work pretty well. What you should be looking for is a pumpkin shape, unique statues and figures that look like ghosts or ghouls, as well as anything reminiscent of zombies, gargoyles or vampires.

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As long as you cover the supernatural, there’s no reason why you can’t consider embellishing your lawn and yard with some natural looking fixtures such as artificial vines or spider’s webs. They will give the impression that your home is a real life haunted house that people should beware in approaching.

Ensure you set up an appointment with Colorado 811 Colorado Springs technicians prior to completing any decorating that includes digging. You’ll want to make sure buried cables and wires are intact.

Consider the lighting of your home, since Halloween is all about what your home will look like at night. Using soft lighting, as well as orange, yellow and red lights contrasting with a few cool lighting fixtures will make your home look scarier than ever, as long as you play your cards right in arranging all the fixtures at the right locations and intervals.

Finally, you can’t start Halloween without a few traditional carved pumpkins arranged around your home. Consider using lights shaped and designed to mimic real life candles, to get the desired effect, but avoid using any actual candles, to avoid any safety concerns.

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The Most Important Secrets Behind Keeping Your Lawn Leaf-Free This October
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October is one of the months when falling leaves become the biggest problem to most homeowners. Aside from beginning to fall more frequently, the leaves can end up being blown all around your garden and lawn, making it extremely difficult to remove them without damaging your fragile flowers and grass.

Fortunately, there are a few basic steps you can take to make sure you’re doing a proper job of it:

  • First, work on raking the leaves into a large pile on a regular basis, to prevent them from gathering into a thick carpet of leaves, if you don’t address the matter in time. This should be done at least once or twice every week, and the method works especially well on smaller lawns.
  • Another helpful method is to use a leaf blower. Now, depending on how fragile your lawn is, you might want to be careful with the settings of your leaf blower. Moreover, the blower is much harder to control than a leaf rake, so this method should be reserved for more experienced homeowners.
  • If you decide to do any landscaping you will want to call an underground cable locator in your area.
  • Finally, you can use a mulching leaf vacuum to essentially vacuum your lawn and remove the leaf as if you were to remove pet hair from your carpet. The size and power of the vacuum, as well as the vacuum attachment you use will be the most crucial variables to take into account, if you don’t want to damage your lawn or be forced to use a combination of the methods presented above, to obtain the desired results.
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Does Installing a New Fence Require Excavation?
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The construction of a fence may seem very easy after building your house, but that does not mean it doesn’t raise some challenges.

The most important criterion you need to consider when you decide to build a fence is the material it will be made from. There are many aspects that depend on the choice of the material: the way you install the fence, its resistance in time, the budget required for this construction, and the subsequent landscaping of your yard.

The installation of a fence requires at least digging holes for the supporting posts; in other cases, you must excavate for making a foundation (for example, for heavy masonry fences). The foundation of a fence can be from 40-50 up to 60-80 cm, but this also depends on the soil where the fence will be installed. Typically, you must dig up until you reach hard ground. The width of the trench depends on how thick is the fence.

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Building a fence with foundation requires approval, as it involves excavation and can affect underground utilities. Call 811 for Denver underground cable locator technicians to inspect the area in which you will be digging.

Although this type of construction is not that difficult to make, you might also want to think about the impact that excavation will have on your property’s landscape; there will be some wear from the work.

 

 

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