Hedges can create visual separation between areas of your yard – a natural green wall. Many decisions will go into planning your hedge project including spacing, location and type, but the amount of required excavating makes one decision clear – calling 811 before you dig.
Homeowners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call – even "small" projects like planting hedges and shrubs.
Planting hedges will require you to dig many deep holes, often located along property lines. Many experts recommend an excavated trench of 24 inches deep, with additional holes up to 12 inches deeper for the actual shrub rootball installation. However, many utility companies often bury their underground lines along existing property lines – potentially in the same area you are considering for your project!
No matter if you choose a flowering or evergreen hedge, you'll improve your garden when you're done. By always calling 811 before you dig, you will ensure that your dig does not result in an unwelcome surprise to you, your family or neighbors! One easy phone call to 811 gets your underground utility lines marked for free.
Remember, know what's below. Always call before you dig.