When you need excavation done on your property, whether that's for installing a new pool or for building an entire house, you may be worried about how the work will affect the overall environment. Those who are very eco-conscious may want to cause the least amount of disturbance to the environment during an excavation project of any sort, and ensure the soil and groundwater will be healthy after the work is done. Note a few options to consider for an earth-friendly excavation and then discuss these with a contractor as needed.

1. Selective digging

It might be easier to totally dig up a lot or parcel of land where needed, but this can mean pulling out healthy vegetation that keeps soil moistened, and also removing trees that protect the soil from getting too much sunlight. Selective excavation means planning an excavation around what natural features you can still salvage. For example, you might reshape the excavation for your new pool to work around tree roots rather than cutting them, or work with a land surveyor to note just how much vegetation can remain around the excavation you need for a new home's concrete slab rather than simply clearing it all away to prepare for the dig.

2. Recycling

Despite your best efforts, you may need to dig up your excavation in a particular area that cannot work around trees and other vegetation. However, if you do need to dig up these items, it's good to do it in a way that preserves their exposed roots so they can be recycled or reused, rather than just cutting the roots. Trees can be replanted in another lot and vegetation may be replanted once you have your home built or the pool installed. 

Recycling can also mean responsible disposal if you cannot replant the items you need to dig up for excavation. Rather than simply putting trees and plants in a landfill, trees can be chipped for scrap wood and vegetation can be mulched for use on landscaping features. 

3. Minimal ground disruption

Clearing and excavation can often be done with trenchers that offer a more precise dig than a standard bulldozer or backhoe that you might otherwise use for excavation. Certain drills can be used on rocky soil in order to break up the rocks with less vibration than jackhammers. These types of practices can mean less ground disruption during excavation, so that wildlife is not disturbed. This can mean a more eco-friendly option for your project, so ask your excavating contractor, such as Scott Devereaux Excavations Pty Ltd, about processes that offer minimal ground disruption.