Planting Trees? Call Before You Dig!

Jan 28, 2019

Hello Gardeners, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. It’s cold and the ground has been wet. Not anyone’s favorite time for gardening. But the warm, sunny days of spring are around the corner and we will all be planting new perennials, shrubs and trees. Even though you know that you don’t dig a hole any deeper than the root ball, that is deep enough for you to call 811 before digging. Trained professionals will usually come within two to three days and mark all the buried infrastructure connections on your property.   Even if you are planting a single tree, they want you to call them. The expense of repairing a damaged line is not something you want to be responsible for. Even if you’ve had lines marked in the past, it’s a good idea to refresh the markings as erosion and tree roots can cause pipes and cables to move.