April is National Safe Digging Month

April is Safe Digging Month


Late April is prime time for starting all sorts of landscaping projects from planting trees, shrubs and lawns to installing brick work and paths.  But, before you dig, it’s SUPER important that you make sure there are no buried communication or utility lines in your digging zone.  Here are some important tips, straight from Common Ground Alliance web site:




April is National Safe Digging Month


Throughout the year it’s important agricultural professionals contact their state’s One Call center by calling 811 or placing an online request before starting a digging project. This can help maintain utility service and keep communities safe.


Since April is National Safe Digging Month, it’s the perfect opportunity to share the safe digging message. The Common Ground Alliance offers free social media tools and messages that you can share throughout the next few weeks. Click here to view the safety tools available.










Safe Digging Tips


Here are a few safe digging tips you can share during National Safe Digging Month:


  • Always call 811 a few days before digging, regardless of the depth or familiarity with the property.
  • Plan ahead. Call on Monday or Tuesday for work planned for an upcoming weekend, providing ample time for the approximate location of lines to be marked.
  • Confirm all lines have been marked.
  • Consider moving the location of your project if it is near utility line markings.
  • If a contractor has been hired, confirm the contractor has called 811. Don’t allow work to begin if the lines aren’t marked.
  • Visit www.call811.com for complete info.



John Fech
Horticulture Extension Educator at Nebraska Extension
John Fech is a horticulturist with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. The author of 2 books and over 200 popular and trade journal articles, he focuses his time on teaching effective landscape maintenance techniques, water conservation, diagnosing turf and ornamental problems and encouraging effective bilingual communication in the green industry. He works extensively with the media to extend the message of landscape sustainability, making over 100 television and radio appearances each year.
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