Well, the northeast corridor may be getting a last taste of winter – but here in Texas, it appears to be full steam ahead into spring.
Despite some rain and cooler temperatures over the weekend in North Texas, trees are budding, grass is growing and as any allergy sufferer can tell you, pollen is, well, pollening!
You can’t walk ten feet without running into someone who is overwhelmed by seasonal allergies. While it does seem (to the allergy sufferer, at least) that it will never end, I can assure you that brighter days are coming.
So – in promise of those brighter days, pick up a Kleenex and pay attention!
It’s the time of year when Texans are thinking about outside activities. Home and garden shows are thriving, your local nursery has a gazillion plants on sale, and every empty flower pot you own is begging for a new resident.
At Texas811, we say good for you! And – bonus points – planting in a flower pot does NOT require a call to 811 first!
If you are going full out Southern Living landscaping and tearing up the yard, PLEASE do make the free call to 811. Don’t go digging up trouble. Nothing puts the hex on a beautiful spring like cutting through a fiber optic cable or nicking a gas line. But, you say, I’m just planting flowers. While Texas state law requires a call to 811 if you are going 16 inches in depth or more, it is not unknown to encounter cables buried just below the surface. One simple call, and within 48 hours underground utilities are flagged so you know what’s below.
No doubt you’ve already seen the tiny marker flags sprouting all over Texas as builders and contractors stay busy throwing dirt. That means calls to 811 have been made to ensure safe digging with no nasty surprises – and if the professional excavators make the call, that’s all the more reason that weekend warriors should, too!
Because while pollen and allergies may make your eyes water, damaging an underground utility line or cable will REALLY give you something to cry about!
Until next week, safe digging!
By Scott Finley