Plugged In: Do I Call 811 Before Planting a Tree?
Q: Do I have to call 811 before planting a tree?
A: Whether you’re planting a tree, putting up a new mailbox, installing a fence or even planting a garden, Georgia law requires you to contact 811 before digging. Why? Hitting an underground utility line can knock out service to your home and neighborhood or result in fines, damage or even serious injury.
Call 811 or visit georgia811.com at least three business days in advance of your digging project to request that the location of buried utilities be marked. Don’t forget that erosion or root structure growth may shift the locations of your utility lines, so you must call again each time you are planning a digging job.
Once lines are marked, you’re free to dig but do so carefully around the marks, not on them.