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When I tell people that I'm the landscaper who looks after our team's football field they are really impressed, and a little jealous. I don't think they know how much work it is though - it's definitely trickier than keeping your backyard looking green. Not only does my football field need to look lush, it also needs to be perfectly even so that the ball doesn't bounce at crazy angles, and not so soft that the players boots sink in. I need to keep up with all of the latest tricks that landscapers have, and I write these up here so that everyone can give them a try on their own fields.

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Why There's Much More to Excavation Than Meets the Eye

Brad Craig

In any major construction project, the "money" is in the building itself. The investor will only realise their return once such a building has been finished and is fully occupied. It's not surprising, therefore, that most of the preliminary work is focused on that part of the equation, but for this project to be successful, the site must be prepared very carefully and in particular, its foundation must be prepared. If you're planning such a project from a big picture perspective, why do you need to pay full attention when it comes to your choice of excavation service?

Assessing the Environment

Before any digging machine can be fired up to begin work, there's plenty of preparation to do. A competent contractor will understand the relationship of cause and effect and will make sure that the surrounding land is fully prepared for what is about to happen.

They may need to introduce additional drainage capability, so that rainwater can be diverted efficiently once the digging work has begun. Without this type of preparation, a major rainstorm could set the project back by months or could render the work site unusable.

Setting up Support

An excavation site will need to have a network of support services in place before work can commence. These will include access roads, transfer areas, staging points and other crucial elements. This type of pre-preparation will allow the work to go ahead very efficiently, on time and with precision.

Careful Research

No excavation contractor will move to the next step until they have satisfied themselves that they know what they're dealing with. They need to test the quality of the soil beneath, find out what impediments (if any) will be uncovered, and crucially, pinpoint the exact location of utilities and other services. They will need to liaise with gas, water, electricity and communication companies to avoid any potential disaster.

Staged Progress

To the untrained eye, an excavation job may look as if it is somewhat haphazard with the aim of simply "digging a hole." Quite the contrary, this type of job needs to be performed in stages, with purpose and on time. This will help to mitigate any other risks associated with delay and help avoid issues associated with unpredictable weather.

The Right Choice

You should only choose an excavation company that has a lot of experience in your particular field. This company must be able to work closely with you to take into account any external delays and be flexible enough to complete the job with precision and on time.


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