When your home's sewer main becomes damaged and needs replacement, a plumber may need to excavate your yard to complete the repair. Because your yard's landscaping is not something you want to have to replace entirely, here are some tips to help you salvage landscaping and replace what you can after the excavation is complete.
There may be some bushes and smaller vegetation growing in your yard that is going to be affected by the sewer line excavation. Talk to your plumber first to find out the exact dimensions of yard that he or she will need to tear out. Anything within that area that you can and want to save, plan to dig up and place elsewhere temporarily.
Dig up the plants that you want to save and plant them in plastic pots as a temporary site until you can replant them back in their original spots. You can also dig separate holes elsewhere in your yard to place your relocated vegetation in a temporary manner. Be sure you dig up the entire root ball of each plant you plan to relocate and water the plant thoroughly when you place it in its temporary spot.
When you are ready to plant the vegetation back into its original space after the excavation work is completed, do the planting during evening when the temperature is cooler. This will help prevent the plant from experiencing any stress from the sun and the heat.
A common cause of sewer line cracks and failure is due to growth of tree roots into your sewer line. Tree roots can be attracted to the exterior of some sewer lines. Then as the tree roots grow they can crack and damage the pipe's exterior, causing leaks and necessitating a replacement. For this reason, you may want to remove the tree to prevent further issues with your repaired sewer line. And if the tree has begun to grow large enough that its roots are damaging nearby pavement and other structures, you can have a tree removal service safely remove it from your yard.
A tree removal professional will cut the tree down piece by piece and cut the stump down to the soil, or as low as possible. If the tree is a large tree with an equally large stump, professionals can remove the stump by grinding it from the soil. Their stump grinder machinery uses rotating metal teeth to remove the stump down into the soil and continues to grind away the main root system within the soil. This process leaves the soil rich with wood shavings and ready for you to plant new vegetation when you restore your landscaping.