Tip Video

Do you have gas in the garden?

National Fuel's "Call 811 Before You Dig" program promo

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.

811-logo-blackFirst off, I didn’t even know it was National Garden Week! Apparently, it’s a “thing” and it’s this 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.

WKBW TV 7’s Thuy Lan Nguyen was the morning news reporter that recorded the interview. She’d been in the garden last year for a Garden Walk Buffalo preview and remembered my Harry Potter Garden.

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.

2 comments on “Do you have gas in the garden?

  1. There is a code for gas lines, they have tape buried above them if they are done properly. National Furl have a contractor replacing a main on my street which means updating services at each home. Lots of photos for my album, then will know where the gas is located in the future!

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  2. Thanks for the article and the reminder to watch out for underground gas and power lines. Surveying the land with the local municipality is always one of our first steps on any project we take.


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