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What is Composting and How You Can Do It at Home?
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Composting is the process in which organic materials decompose and are transformed into organic matter used for enriching soils with nutrients, thus improving soil fertility in a natural, chemical-free and very efficient way.
The process takes place in nature whenever dead organic material, such as leaves, fruits or other plant components accumulate in piles that are exposed to air, rain and the activity of insects, but it can also be induced in a controlled way in any garden. If you want to add compost to your soil, you can choose to buy it – bagged compost is available in any garden store – or you can choose to make your own. All you need for making your own, super-efficient, natural fertilizer is a hole in the ground or a container in which you gather organic waste, such as fruit and vegetable peels, eggshells and coffee grounds. The material accumulated in the hole or bin will start decomposing almost instantly, but the process will take up to a year for the oldest layer of waste to decompose completely and to transform into the compost that you can use in your garden. If you want to accelerate the process, you will need to water the pile of waste regularly and you can also add redworms to it – they will eat the waste and then release in the form of nitrogen-rich castings. Before digging a hole in the ground make sure that you contact call before you dig Fort Collins utility location experts to make sure you do not disturb buried cables, wires, or water pipes.

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By Harriet
The Best and Safest Way to Find Buried Utilities
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Utility lines buried and hidden underground can cause lots of problems and dangerous situations, especially on construction sites where the work involves excavation as well, therefore any building project should start with the identification of underground utility lines. Many of these lines are marked on maps and in other documents about the plot of land, but even so, the safest way to go is to get the entire plot checked. Fortunately, modern technology allows for checking your property down to very deep layers without moving any soil – with the help of a utility location service.

Colorado Springs utilities locations companies use maps and blueprints as well as advanced, non-invasive devices, such as ground penetrating radars to locate hidden utilities. The locator devices used by these companies emit signals that are reflected by the materials that the hidden utilities are made from, then the reflected signals are interpreted by the device and the buried utility is located. The utility locator company that you hire will also mark the surface of the ground in the area where they detect the utilities to inform the operators of the excavators and of other powerful machines about the areas to avoid while moving the soil, thus ensuring the safety of your construction project.

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Important Lawn Care Tasks for January – Dealing with Your Lawn in the Middle of Winter
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While there might be a lot to do in your garden during the winter, January is usually a time when there’s not much activity required when it comes to dealing with and taking care of your lawn. Lawn related problems are typically dealt with during the spring and summer, as well as in the late autumn. However, there are still a few important things to remember once the New Year arrives:

  • January is a time when cold temperatures hit hard. You’ll have to check on your lawn and make sure that you’ll know if the grass freezes or if it’s actually just protected by the snow.
  • Make sure you set up markers or even a small fence to prevent anyone from stepping on your frozen lawn. The grass can be very fragile during this time, and stepping on it would definitely cause a lot of damage.
  • Broadleaf weeds are known to grow quite extensively during this period. To make sure you can deal with the issue while leaving your grass intact and healthy, use post-emergence weed control as an important safety measure.

In most cases, January is a time to continue the gardening tasks that you have started during the month of December. Before the spring arrives, making sure you stick to these tasks will be essential for the health of your lawn and garden.

It is important in any season, before you do any digging or excavating, that you utilize call before you dig Denver utility pros to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.

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Is Winter a Good Time for Beginning an Excavation Project?
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It’s no secret that most homeowners and business owners starting excavation projects around their properties will reserve that time for summer or at least spring. This is because, in the late autumn and in the winter, the ground tends to be colder and more difficult to dig through, creating significant difficulties when it comes to using most types of conventional digging methods.

While all that is true, there are ways around this problem, and experts will always be quick to recommend them, in case you can’t wait for spring or summer. One of them is to use a hydro-excavation service to get the work done more quickly and easily, regardless of the condition of the soil.

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Hydro-excavation uses water under high pressure and the appropriate temperature to dig through even the hardest frozen soil. This means that, even during the winter, when temperatures are below 30 degrees, you can still get the job done easily and even more quickly than using conventional digging machines or tools.

With the help of a reliable hydro-excavation service, you can get your excavation project off the ground in no time at all, and all you need to do is call 811 underground cable locator professionals at the right time, so you can make sure that no underground utility lines are damaged during your project.

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Is Your HOA Supposed to Call 811 for You?
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While homeowners have the responsibility of discussing and asking for permission from their Homeowners Association (HOA) in some cases, before beginning a project that would require digging around their properties, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to call before you dig in Fort Collins in order to have the property checked for any underground utilities that could be damaged by the excavation work.

Your HOA in this case is not the one dealing with the project and managing it. As the person in charge of the project, you know all about when the digging is supposed to start, so you are in the best position to notify the utility experts about all the details of your construction or landscaping project and call them to have the area checked out.

Before calling, it’s important to prepare some basic information to provide when making your request. This will include basic contact information, such as your name, address, city and state, as well as the name of the nearest intersecting street, the date, time and location of the excavation period, the description of the area on your property where you will be digging, and the type of work that will be done. Armed with this information, the Fort Collins utility experts you call will know exactly what to check and how to proceed when marking the areas that are off limits.

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How Far In Advance Should You Call 811 Before You Dig?
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Calling 811 before digging is an important part of dealing with projects that require excavation work around your house or commercial property. Whether you want to completely modify the landscape or just install a new swimming pool, excavation work can end up damaging underground utility lines and cause a lot of other problems in the process. So you have to know when to call 811 and have your friendly Colorado Springs utilities experts come over and check for underground utilities.

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The general rule is that anyone attempting to complete an excavation project has to call a Colorado Springs utilities locations service at least three business days before they start to dig. This is important for a number of reasons, including  making sure that all utility lines are properly detected and marked, and giving the utility technicians time to clear the excavation project.

After the work is completed, the project can continue without a problem, and you can use any proper means to excavate at the designated location. However, it’s important to get all the information about the markings that the utility experts will leave behind and how to make sure you only dig in the right areas to avoid causing any kind of damage. The process should then go smoothly, so you can finish your project on time.

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Understanding Underground Utilities and the Importance of 811: Why Are So Many Wires Located Underground?
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Nowadays just about all the experts in the field will tell you to call 811 whenever you plan a project that involves digging in your yard or anywhere else around the premises of your home or building. This often confuses people, as they don’t understand how one simple trench or hole can lead to any kinds of problems that would require utility experts to come in.

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Unfortunately, most real estate properties in the United States sit on an entire network of utility lines. Whether you think about gas pipes or fiber optics lines designed for high speed internet transfers, a lot of the utilities installed during the past few decades have used underground lines to prevent long term damage. As a result, you really never know when you might hit an old pipeline or cable, as soon as you begin digging out an old tree stub.

Call before you dig Denver utility experts have special equipment that can detect these utility lines and pipes even if they weren’t drawn on the blueprints of your property. This is why it is extremely essential to call 811 before you start working on any kind of project that involves light digging or heavy excavation. Doing so can prevent your digging utensils and devices from hitting an utility line and causing not only property damage, but also leading to possible injury – if, for example, you hit a gas pipe or a high voltage power line.

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Celebrating the Holidays in Colorado – What Are the Best Options to Consider?
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Do you want to enjoy some of the most memorable events and trips this winter in Colorado? If you don’t yet know how you want to spend your holiday season this year, the following options will definitely help you decide, as you embark on an exciting journey that will show you just how amazing the state of Colorado can be:

• Broadmoor is a Colorado Springs landmark that has the distinctive and unique beauty of Colorado written all over it. Children who visit Broadmoor around the Christmas holiday season can enjoy everything from life-sized gingerbread houses to stunningly decorated halls inspired by their favorite fantasy books and stories.
• Kids and families, as well as people of all ages, will truly enjoy the reenacting of Mary and Joseph’s journey at Las Posadas on Christmas Eve. For an unforgettable pastime and an enjoyable one-night version of the famously similr nine-day Mexican event, visit Las Posadas this Christmas with your family, and you will experience a genuinely fun and friendly Colorado event that will give you some of the best memories you’ve had in recent years.
• If you never experienced the yurt journeys of Colorado’s high country, it might be time to head straight there this winter, after booking your trip online. With a cheap reservation fee you will have access to some of the most stunning Colorado state park to take in the region’s ecstatic natural beauty this winter.

Happy Holidays from Colorado 811 – wishing you and your family a safe, happy and peaceful New Year!

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Why Isn’t It Safe to Dig Before You Call About Utilities?
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Most homeowners and business owners already know: calling 811 is essential before starting any kind of project that requires the presence of an excavator or even the manual digging of various trenches. Why is it so important to call 811? That’s because this number connects you straight to the underground cable locator utilities professionals who are in charge of detecting whether or not any vital utility lines, power lines or pipes are running right under the area where you plan to excavate.

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Excavations can be messy, and if you dealt with them in the past, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Some excavators are remarkably strong, not only to dig through the soft soil you see at the surface, but also to get through the hardened rock that’s found a few feet underground.

Unfortunately, in many instances, utility lines such as phone and internet lines, as well as water pipes, gas pipes and electric lines are often found underneath your home and property. Finding them on the blueprints isn’t always possible – or even if they are depicted, their location might not be accurate. So, to be sure, it’s important to always call 811 before your project, and avoid any unnecessary mishaps that could cost you some extra money.

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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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