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Check for underground utilities before digging

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Whether your spring to-do list includes building a fence or planting trees – breaking ground should always be done with caution. Your best line of defense is to call 811, a free service that marks underground utilities and pipelines. Many of these are less than a foot underground.  

The process is simple: Call 811 or visit clickbeforeyoudig.com three days before a digging project, wait for underground utilities to be marked and don’t dig within two feet of those markers.  

It’s best to call 811 any time you break ground, even if you think you know where a utility line is located. “In the U.S., an underground utility is hit every nine minutes, causing dangerous consequences,” says Tina Beach, public awareness specialist for CHS. “It takes a lifetime to build a farm, and it takes just one free call to keep it safe.”