Ah, planning your own outdoor home improvement project - truly living the American dream! When considering what you'll need to make your project a success, don't forget the most important first step for any outdoor home improvement project: calling 811 before you dig. As any professional will tell you, smart digging always means calling 811 before every job. CALL BEFORE YOU DIG!! Home owners often make risky assumptions about whether or not they should get their utility lines marked, but every digging job requires a call - even "small" projects like planting trees and shrubs. When you call before you dig, you'll prevent unintended consequences such as injury to you or your family, damage to your property, utility service outages to the entire neighborhood and potential fines and repair costs. After all, do you really want to be the person who knocks out the neighborhood's cable service during the big game?