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Call Before You Dig: Safe Landscaping Practices - The February Fox
After the snow thawed this spring, I took a look at our yard and winced. I am lucky enough to live on a beautifully landscaped street, but ours needed serious help. With the rain finally letting up and National Garden Week’s arrival, I started doing research on how to revamp our yard. Amidst my search for full-sun annuals and what type of mulch would match best with the facade of my house, I came across some interesting information. If you haven’t heard of National Fuel’s “Call Before You Dig” initiative, here’s a rundown. Whether you’re planting a garden, building a deck, or installing a mailbox, anytime you start a project that involves digging it is necessary to call 8-1-1. That not only applies to DIY projects, calling before hiring a professional to do a job in your yard is also required. You may be wondering why this is so important. Without knowing what’s below your projected dig-site, you risk damaging gas, electric, communications, water, and sewer lines. Here are a handful of additional facts from the Common Ground Alliance: Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged when someone fails to call 8-1-1 first Damage occurs less than 1% …