Conducting earthmoving works on your landscape could seem like a relatively easy task. However, this might not be the case. It is especially so if you do not have ample experience in the field. Read the extract below for some considerations you should make when conducting earthmoving works on your landscape. 

Understand The Project Specifications

From the onset, you must understand the project specifications. For instance, what is the scope of works? It could be you want to create a slope or flatten your landscape. Besides, you may need to dig trenches or holes. Other than this, you should plan how to dispose of earth from the site. You should also determine appropriate access routes for the earthmovers. Remember, earthmovers are large and may not fit at your gate.

Consider The Need For A Contractor

The scope of works will determine whether you will need a contractor to conduct the earthmoving works. For instance, small works such as digging holes and uprooting tree stumps would be ideal for a DIY project. However, you will need a contractor for a large-scale project. 

When hiring an earthmoving contractor, check their documentation to ensure they have a valid licence, membership to a professional association, and adequate insurance. Besides, check the contractor's availability, pricing and terms of engagement. 

Choose The Right Equipment

Below are some tips to help you choose earthmoving equipment for your landscaping project: 

  • Check the project specifications to establish the equipment you need. For example, a grader is ideal for levelling works, while an excavator will help with digging.
  • Consider multifunctional equipment. For instance, backhoe loaders can be used for digging and loading works. On the other hand, excavators will support multiple attachments.
  • Check the equipment features such as lifting capacity, off-road capability and power take-off shafts.
  • Assess the various models and go for one that can handle your site conditions without breaking down. 

Observe Safety

As you plan the earthmoving works, check the site for risks such as underground gas pipes and drainage lines. When conducting the works during rainy weather, determine how you can prevent waterlogging on the landscape. Inspect the earthmoving equipment before it arrives at your site. Faults such as worn-out tires, dysfunctional hydraulic systems, worn-out brakes and engine problems could cause accidents at your site. Therefore, ensure that the earthmover is in perfect condition. If you cannot operate the equipment, ask the rental company to provide an operator. 

When conducting earthmoving works, understand the project specifications, consider the need for a contractor, choose the right equipment and observe safety at the site.