Your property contains a variety of underground services, such as sewer, water, gas, electric, cable and phone services. Digging to plant trees or shrubs, or to build a new deck, could cut one of these services with potentially disastrous results.
If you are planning improvements to your home or property that involve digging or excavating, you must call Gopher State One Call at 811 or 800-252-1166 to request that underground utilities be located. Utility companies have 48 hours to respond and mark your property with paint or flags denoting the location of utility services. You must then take appropriate precautions to avoid those areas and dig carefully so as not to disturb or cut the lines.