I was asked by the ad agency that I spent the better part of 20 years working for (Mower) if I would be the “garden expert” for one of their clients – National Fuel. It was to promote their “Call 811 Before You Dig” program – a promotion for National Garden Week.
They really just needed a garden to shoot in and someone that could share a garden tip or two.
I tried thinking up alternatives to digging, which included a mention of creating a raised bed garden, which you’ll see in the video; and making a vertical garden, which didn’t make it on air.
National Fuel is a Garden Walk Buffalo 2019 sponsor, so I was more than happy to oblige.
I was surprised to see how thin gas lines are – about the width of your finger – they can easily be mistaken for roots when you’re digging around. They are also easily cut with garden pruners. It’d be easy to accidentally chop them with a spade.
Call 811 nationwide – it’s a free service!
Every state has an 811 number, so no matter where you are, they’ll come out, at no charge – it’s a free service – and mark buried utility lines on your property.