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Michigan law requires that a minimum of three working days' notice be given for any excavation other than emergencies. Call toll-free at 1-800-482-7171 or dial 811. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Emergency calls are accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. MISS DIG will accept calls for emergencies, planned excavation, appointments, and overhead information.
Please note, the service only notifies members to locate their facilities.
Tree Planting Tips
You can't rearrange trees in your yard once they are planted in the ground, so it pays to carefully consider a number of factors before you decide where to plant your new tree(s).
Give your tree enough space for its mature size
Where possible, plant trees 15 feet away from underground utilities including water, sewer, and gas pipes as well as underground electric, phone, and cable lines and power lines.
Plant trees far enough from buildings, sidewalks, driveways, and foundations to avoid problems. Trees that will be large trees at maturity will need more room than small trees and should be planted farther from underground and aboveground utility lines and structures.
Maximize your energy savings
Walls facing east and west receive maximum exposure to the sun during the middle of summer and are the most important parts of your house to shade.
You can cool your local area by using trees to shade sidewalks, patios, and pavement to reduce the amount of heat that is reflected from and stored on these surfaces.
Shading your air conditioner in the summer will improve its efficiency and save energy.
Use deciduous trees to provide summer shade in your house. They will lose their leaves in fall, allowing the winter sun to warm the house to reduce your heating costs.
Evergreen trees produce shade in winter too, so plant them toward the north side of your property if possible, to decrease the amount of shade your house receives in the winter.