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The Most Happening Places to Visit in Colorado This June
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Planning a summer vacation in Colorado? Even though it might seem like there are other locations you can have more fun with – such as the pristine beaches on the West Coast or large cities like New York and Chicago – Colorado has its own charm and a natural beauty that surpasses most of what you will find within the boundaries of the United States.

But what are the main places you should think about visiting in Colorado this summer? Let’s find out:

  • Steamboat Springs is well-known among regular visitors who organize their winter holidays in Colorado. But did you know that the place is a pristine paradise during the summer? Endless fields of colorful flowers and the clean mountain air await you as you enjoy anything from the local hiking trails to the inviting premises of a genuine Wild West town.
  • Ouray is a place like no other. Nicknamed the “Switzerland of America” it definitely has a certain “Alpine” feel to it. Here you can go from hiking to photography every day and never get tired. But what really makes Ouray special for the intellectual visitor is the town’s rich history of gold and silver prospecting.
  • You simply can’t go through Colorado in June without getting to Durango. Among its other special vistas, as well as opportunities for kayaking, hiking and biking, Durango also boasts the famous Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, a historic narrow gauge steam train ride with absolutely scenic views that will give you an truly unforgettable experience.

Colorado 811 wishes you safe travels, fun adventures, and incredible experiences as you visit our beautiful state of Colorado!

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What Are the Main Types of Summer Projects That Require a Utility Locator?
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Utility location involves services that are designed to help you find out what types of utility lines run below grown, in key locations that you’d like to use for specific projects. You might have heard of tree specialists being called to ascertain the location of tree roots before a major construction project. Well, this is pretty much the same, except Colorado utility locate technicians look for things like fiber optics lines, water mains or wastewater pipes.

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If you’re thinking of taking care of certain residential or commercial construction projects, you might have to call a utility location service, if the work you do will involve digging in your front yard or on the grounds of your commercial property. This goes the same for landscaping projects, many of which would require, for example, the relocation or removal of trees, rose bushes and even entire gardens.

Another project that will require you to call utility location companies is any repair work you might need to do to the foundation of your home or your basement. Contractors will typically ask you to call 811 and ask for a team of utility location experts to come over, before you ask them to do any kinds of modifications that would involve digging below your real estate property.

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How to Find the Best Places to Celebrate Father’s Day in Colorado
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Colorado offers many unique opportunities when it comes to the places you can visit here with your dear ol’ dad. When it comes to Colorado’s main attractions, you’ll find that many of them are absolutely ideal for father’s day celebrations, and that they will not let you down when you want to have a truly exciting adventure:

  • Look for natural areas, such as parks and natural sanctuaries to visit. Colorado has plenty of hiking trails, mountain towns and mountain resorts that you and your dad are going to love. Moreover, the history of some of these places is remarkable. You’ll find plenty of tales of the Gold Rush and many more about the Wild West.
  • Denver offers many opportunities to celebrate Father’s Day in style. Aside from the many places that celebrate Father’s Day downtown in some form or another, you can also get a historic walking tour of a particular district in Denver, or visit popular locations like the Butterfly Pavilion and the Firefighter’s Museum.
  • Make your Colorado Father’s Day vacation memorable with a trip to Colorado Springs. Aside from Denver, this is one of the largest and most important cities in Colorado, and it has many places of interest, such as the Western Museum of Mining & Industry, Meadow’s Park, Pikes Peak and The Broadmoor.
  • Plant a tree in your dad’s honor! Have him choose his favorite, and as a family plant, and celebrate with a picnic dinner. Ensure that you employ the services of a utility locate Colorado call before you dig company so that underground wires and cables remain intact, and all those digging are safe from electrical shock caused by cut wires.
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Best Trees to Plant in Colorado During Summer
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Colorado weather is harsh on plants – it can change from fair to severe in a matter of minutes, it is hot in summer and very cold in winter, so only the hardiest trees can survive these hardships and thrive. If you are currently thinking of adding a few new trees to your garden and you want to choose varieties that can endure even the harshest weather and are also attractive, here are a few trees that love the state’s climate:

  • Tatarian maple – this hardy little ornamental tree thrives well in any environment and it adds a spot of color and of beauty to your Colorado garden;
  • Russian hawthorn – this variety grows to the size of a large shrub and it delights you with its interesting, twisted branches, its elegant leaves that turn orange and red in fall and its tiny, bright red berries that resist long after the first snow;
  • Kentucky coffee tree – an attractive and hardy species that requires very little water and attention, yet thrives well in cold areas as well;
  • Lilac – the color of the flowers yielded by this variety range from white, blue and powder pink to pale and not so pale violet and the tree resists well in hot and cold periods as well.

Please remember, prior to digging holes for planting trees, you must call before you dig Denver utility professionals to make sure buried cables and wires remain undisturbed.

 

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When Should I Call a Utility Locator?
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Utility location experts provide utility and site mapping services that are essential whenever a remodeling or construction project involves excavation. While the maps that record underground utilities in a specific area are available for the public, the safest way to locate buried utilities is by means of on-site inspections performed by professionals.

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The inspections performed by a utility locator company will involve the analysis of visible features that indicate the presence of utilities, such as trenches, valves, hydrants and manholes as well as the use of special devices that can identify buried pipes and lines that do not appear on maps.

The technologies used for locating underground utilities include ground penetrating radars, electronic utility locators and aerial photography – methods that can be relied on create a detailed and complete image of what lies beneath without digging. The underground utilities identified during the process will be visibly marked to inform the machine operators who maneuver the excavators and other power-tools on the job site about the areas to avoid.

Hiring a damage protection underground cable locator company before starting any kind of construction project is a small investment into project security and something that you must definitely do to make sure your excavation project is completed in a safe and timely manner.

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How to Protect Your Trees from Backyard Construction
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Trees are important components in any garden or yard – they give shade, they are pleasing to the eye, they reduce noise and dust and they serve as home for songbirds. If you are currently planning to start a construction project in your backyard, you surely want to make sure your precious, beautiful trees will not suffer during or after the construction – here are a few tips how to protect them:

  • Determining the size of the root – tree roots, especially if they belong to large, old trees, can extend for yards beyond the longest branch. Root damage is among the major causes of tree death, so the best way to protect your tree during the excavation is to call a tree specialist who will calculate the size of the root based on tree’s age and the species.
  • Markings – you will have to mark the root perimeter with bright-colored tape to tell the excavation technician where not to dig.
  • Prepare the trees – try to make sure your trees are as healthy as they can be before the digging and the construction starts. Prune the branches that are dead or show signs of an illness and fertilize the soil regularly for a while before the construction commences.
  • Apply a thick layer of wood chips in the root area to prevent the soil from getting too compacted during the construction.

As in any construction project involving digging, call public safety utility location services first before you start to make sure you do not dig into buried electrical or plumbing wires or pipes.

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Things You Need to Know and Do Before Starting Your Excavation Project
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When considering the most important aspects to pay attention to during an excavation project is fast completion and cost-efficiency, but there is another aspect that is perhaps even more important than the previous two and that is safety. To prevent accidents, such as excavating into buried utility lines that you did not know about as well as damage to the other components on the site, such as trees, you need to follow underground wire location best practices strict security guidelines – here are a few of the most important rules:

  • Knowing the type of the soil – the most suitable digging method and the safety measures should be determined based on the type of the soil to be excavated – the best strategy for soft soil is not the same as the most suitable method for rocky soil.
  • Locate underground utilities, both used and unused lines, prior to commencing the excavation project – the safest way to do this is by hiring a utility locator company that will identify all the cables and pipes that run underground with the help of special tools and machines.
  • Mark the location of the utilities clearly to inform machine operators about the areas should not excavate in.
  • Inform utility companies before you start – a very important safety measure that can prevent utility damage in the area surrounding the job site as well.
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By Harriet
How Do I Know if It Is Safe to Dig in My Yard?
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There are millions of miles of unused utility pipes buried underneath the surface – some of them are marked and recorded on maps, but others are hiding deep in the ground without any marking. While unknown utilities might not cause any problems to you if you dig in your yard or in your garden to plant some flowers, the pipes may cause serious issues if you need to excavate deeper for a construction or for planting larger trees and you also need to be very careful with the utilities that are in use around the house.

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To find out whether it is safe to dig deep in your yard or in your garden or not, you first of all need to find out whether there are any unpleasant surprises buried in your yard and you also need to know the exact location of telecommunication cables and the pipes that supply your home with energy and water. The easiest way to assess your land is to turn to a Colorado utility locate compliance company – these companies use high-tech locator devices that identify utility pipes of all types and they will also provide you guidance on how you can avoid the utilities during the excavation process.

 

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Low-Maintenance Landscaping Ideas
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If you are tired of struggling to make your lawn stay lush and green or if your garden looks barren, here are a few low-maintenance landscaping ideas that will give you the attractive garden that you want:

  • Use stone to create a dramatic appearance – pick a few rocks and stones whenever you go hiking or buy some attractive or oddly shaped pieces from the nearby gardening store and group them in a corner of the garden to create a decorative stone garden or a pond.
  • Plant decorative grass – there are lots of attractive and hardy varieties to choose from and they have one great quality to convince you: they don’t need any mowing at all.
  • Choose plants that are attractive, but require little maintenance – most perennials, succulents and evergreens thrive very well even in periods of drought and they can survive forgetful gardeners as well.
  • Create a rustic design – little, randomly placed beds of flowering or non-flowering alongside narrow pathways made from natural stone look spectacular.

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  • Get an underground sprinkler system – it requires a modest investment to buy the pipes and the sprinkler heads, but once installed, the underground irrigation system will make sure your low-maintenance garden stays low-maintenance as long as you want it to be that way. Ensure that Colorado 811 is called and scheduled before you do any digging. This will prevent any digging from breaking buried electrical or plumbing cables.
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Tips for Hosting Outdoor Parties
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Outdoor parties are great fun – whether it is a dinner party, a barbeque, a picnic in the backyard, a potluck party or some other event, here are a few ideas that guarantee success:

  • Skip the tablecloth for casual atmosphere – tablecloths are too formal, they are difficult to clean and cause trouble if the weather gets windy, so get rid of them and put the plates and the cutlery either on a bare table or use brown craft paper to replace the cloth.
  • Use disposable tableware and melamine plates – disposable plates are cheap and nowadays they come in very many different sizes and designs and the same is true for melamine serving accessories. Combine different colors and patterns for a rustic and relaxed arrangement.
  • Keep flies away from the dinner table with a simple trick – cut a lemon in half, stick cloves into it – it will not only exude a fresh and pleasant lemon smell, but will also drive away the flies.
  • Stock up on ice – make sure you have enough for the entire evening, especially if the night is hot.
  • Decorate the trees with string lights – trees wrapped in hundreds of tiny lights create a special atmosphere and will also provide sufficient illumination to make moving around in the garden safe after dark.

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We hope you have found these entertaining tips helpful! As always, before digging anywhere on your property, contact Colorado call before you dig prevention services to ensure your property electrical and plumbing wires and cables are kept in tact and secure!

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