Trenching your fence line comes with many benefits. Although it's much more labor intensive than just digging the holes for the fence poles, the result will be a much better fencing situation that will prevent your dog from running away by digging under the fence. It will also prevent moles, groundhogs, and other animals from burrowing into your yard.
However, trenching is not a simple job. In fact, trenching can cause a lot of disruption for you and your neighbors. How can you ensure you do the trenching without making your neighbors' lives difficult?
Plan Everything in Great Detail
The trenching process can cause a lot of disruption due to the noise of the machines. The dirt you're digging up can also be an eyesore for some neighbors. The only thing that can make this a bigger problem is if it has to go for longer than necessary.
Digging a trench for your fence should be a relatively quick process as long as you plan the work properly ahead of time. Ensure you have everything ready before you start and you should also know exactly where the fence will run so everything can be completed quickly.
Know Where the Property Line Is
If there are no clear markers that show you where your property line is, go over the plans again so your fence doesn't end up on your neighbor's property. A fence on the wrong side of the property line is not a small issue, and this type of dispute can easily end up in court. Whether it's by an inch or by a foot, going beyond your property is never going to go over well with your neighbors.
Know the Location of Utility Lines
There's always a danger of damaging utility lines when digging trenches. This is why it's important to always ensure that you know the exact location of any utility lines that run underneath your property.
Some homeowners make the mistake of thinking that it's only their utility lines they need to be worried about. However, it's quite likely that some of the utility lines that your neighbors rely on are under your property. You can be sure they won't be happy if any of these are touched.
Visit your local city planner or whoever else you need to see to know which utility lines pass underneath your property and where exactly they're located before hiring a fencing company.