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Thanks Moshe Job done EXACTLY as requested

Stump / post removal and trench digging


Tom was prompt, polite, positive and precise! He did a wonderful job digging our trench (in the rain mind you). He saved our plants and cleaned up afterwards. Would hire again without hesitation. Thanks Tom!

Trench for power


Very efficient and dependable - would recommend for anyone seeking landscaping help.

Dig a 4m long trench to plant a mature jasmine


Hard working and got the job done despite the heat! Thanks.

Planting, moving mulch, dig a trench


Reliable, friendly, strong. Will use again

Strong guy with shovel to dig small trenches


Henry arrived promptly, worked hard, has the right knowledge and did a little more than asked. Can recommend.

Dig trench and move gravel








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If you need to lay a pipe or electrical wire on your property or deflect flood water from getting into your basement, you may need to have a trench dug. A trench can be as small as impressions for planting seeds and can be as large as those that require heavy equipment to be completed. Regardless of the nature or size of your trench, letting professionals handle the job can save you time, effort, and potential back pain!

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Top Trench Digging related questions

It heavily depends on the depth of the trench and the kind of tools to be used. A hundred feet of the trench can take about 12 hours to be dug using the proper equipment like an excavator. Doing that by hand can naturally take much longer. The type of soil also affects the time it could take to dig a trench. Sandy soils can be relatively easier to dig, while clay can be difficult.

No, Taskers usually come with professional equipment to help them finish the job quickly and efficiently. They have excavators, trenching shovels, and trenchers with them when they come to do the service. If, by any chance, you have these tools on hand and you prefer to use them, feel free to tell your Tasker beforehand.

Yes, but this means that you need to spend time and energy doing the job yourself. It can also lead to severe issues if done incorrectly. Having a professional dig your trench saves you time and avoids having mistakes. Digging deeper trenches can also be dangerous and require extensive experience. Your Tasker’s expertise can get this challenging job done safely and cost-effectively.

It depends on where you live. In some states like California, you’re required to get permission from the utilities and 811 before using a tool to move the ground, while in others, shallow holes can be dug without permission. But generally, in the US, if you’re planning to dig a hole as deep as five feet or more, you need to secure approval first. It’s best to approach your local authorities before digging a trench to ensure you’re following protocols. 

What do trench digging services include?

Trenching services involve digging a large hole, usually using a trenching shovel and a trencher to help successfully lay underground wires, pipes, or structural supports. It’s also traditionally done to install or repair public drains, sewer lines, and underground utilities to serve populated areas. Trenching also has plenty of benefits if you’re taking care of your lawn! Whatever you need, Taskers can make your home improvement project possible. Here are the most common things you can expect from trenching services near you:

Straight trenches

If you live in an area with a limited surface to disturb, such as near buildings or roadways, digging straight trenches is the right choice for you. It’s a kind of trench where the sides are parallel, and the base is at a right angle. Having trench boxes or shoring is usually required as protective systems. A six-inch straight trench can also be helpful if you’re trying to control pests in your property, where you can apply a non-repellent pesticide into the soil to achieve a treatment zone.

Sloped trenches     

Sloped trenches have angled sides to prevent cave-ins. Its angle is determined by trench depth, soil type, and the amount of time the trench will remain open. If you’re planning to install large pipes or culverts, this can be the right kind of trench for you. It’s also common to have sloped trenches in new construction sites with a wider path of soil.

Benched trenches

To ensure that your trench or excavation site is entirely safe, you can try benching! Benched trenches are those with sides that have been cut away to create steps. The height of these steps, otherwise known as vertical distances, is determined by the soil type. The less stable your soil is, the shallower your angles should be. It’s best to bench it if your trench needs to be up to 20 feet deep. This is to help stabilize your trench and to make it more secure. For protective systems, shielding or trench boxes are usually used.

Bell-bottom pier hole trenches

For those planning to build a certain structure, make sure to have someone dig a bell-bottom pier hole trench! The base or bottom of the trench is usually wider than the top, giving it a bell-shaped cross-section. This is typically used to install footings to support the foundation of a structure. Since these kinds of trenches have sides sloping inward over the floor of the excavation, more protective systems are usually required to keep them from collapsing. 

Recent Trench Digging tasks

Trench dug for hedge


Denham Court NSW, Australia

21st Sep 2023

Have just finished building my house and require a trench (about 20cm wide x 20cm deep) in front yard and around alfresco rear so I can plant hedge. Length front - 7m Length rear - 6m + 5m Will require dirt to be taken away/off-site. - Due date: Flexible

Landscaping, digging trench, laying down gravel and mulch


Belgrave VIC, Australia

15th Sep 2023

We need help finishing drainage, digging another trench, laying down gravel, cardboard and mulch. Also levelling an area and installing trampoline. - Due date: Flexible

Great helper all round. Arrived on time and completed all of our requested tasks.

Hem on trench coat


Armadale VIC, Australia

13th Sep 2023

Lengthen trench coat with lining - Due date: Flexible

Rotary hoe 100 m2 turf. Dig 25m trench.


Wishart QLD, Australia

6th Sep 2023

Rotary hoe existing turf 100m2 in prep for new turf and take away waste turf. Dig trench 25m long 600mm deep. I will assist with collecting old turf. Existing turf not growing due to tree roots from neighbouring mock orange hence trench for root barrier. Trench digger may encounter roots approx 5mm thick in ground. - Due date: Flexible

Dig two short trenches, remove tree roots


Woolwich NSW 2110, Australia

26th Aug 2023

1. Dig 1.5 m long 400mm wide, 0.5 deep trench in lawn, saving turf. Delicately hand saw to remove root without impacting adjacent conduit and PVC water pipe. Refill, replace turf. 2. Clear existing 3m trench of minor debris, chainsaw/ axe thick tree root along the length of the trench that is pushing on a wall. - Due date: Before Tuesday, 29 August 2023

Excellent job ******

Dig a trench in my backyard and remove the soil


Bondi Beach NSW, Australia

23rd Aug 2023

There is a small garden area in my backyard, and I need someone to come and dig up a trench that is about 3-4m long, 40cm wide and 40cm deep so that I can plant things there. There is a lot of old mulch and roots in the soil that need to be removed from the property, so you will need a wheelbarrow and a trailer to take away the organic matter. You will need a sharper tool like a pick axe to cut away at some of the underground stubborn roots. In the photo, the trench will be against the back wall - Due date: Needs to be done on Wednesday, 23 August 2023

Dig a trench


Hampton VIC, Australia

21st Aug 2023

Tree is pushing out retaining wall. Need to dig along wall. Removing roots to free up wall. 2-3 metres x 20 - 30cms - Due date: Before Sunday, 27 August 2023

Landscape Labourer for Ag Line trench cutting


St. Ives NSW, Australia

20th Aug 2023

Cut a trench 13m long and 650 mm deep in soft soil behind retaining wall and install 1 x 100 mm Ag line. Top with gravel and geo fabric and replace soil on top. Cut trench 15 m long and 350mm deep and install Ag line to connect to drain at rear of property. 8 buckets of blue metal ready at site. You must have prior experience with trenching and installing Ag lines. The photos show some Ag lines installed. This is in addition to that line. Some planting/ replanting works also required. Easy level vehicle access from rear. - Due date: Flexible

Daniel came at the scheduled time, quoted to the scope of works and completed works to satisfaction. He is polite, well presented and knowledgeable. Would not hesitate to hire him again.

Dig a trench in front yard


Arundel QLD 4214, Australia

20th Aug 2023

I need a 6m trench dug out (ground is hard) for a long flowerbed. Will most likely need a small digger of some sort. Similar to pic attached but on the other side. We want to plant hedges - Due date: Flexible

Dig two three meter trenchs to plant bamboo


Kalkallo VIC, Australia

13th Aug 2023

Need two trenches dug each 3 meters length and 450mm deep. And three holes dug 1 meter round and 450 deep. Type of gardening: Other Size of garden: Under 50m² Has green waste bin: Yes - Due date: Before Thursday, 31 August 2023

Nik completed the task exactly as requested, he was very hard working and had great communication keeping me in the loop when required. He is a pleasure to have around and I found him open, knowledgeable and confident in the tasks he carried out, completing them to the highest standard.

Cleaning out a trench and shovelling sand


Maraylya NSW, Australia

25th Jul 2023

I have just had a trench dug with an excavator on my property and it needs to be cleared of any remaining fill etc and we need to place a layer of about 100mm of clean sand in the bottom of the trench. Ideally, 2 strong people who are available to work the whole day for $30 an hour each. This will be a hard day's work so you will need to be physically up for it. I will supply all tools. - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 29 July 2023

Santiago was punctual, polite and eager to please. He and his friends did a long hard days work and were in good spirits the whole time.

I need someone to dig a trench for a root barrier


Bentleigh VIC, Australia

17th Jul 2023

I want to install a root barrier in the ground before I plant my hedge. It needs to be 6 metres long and 50cm deep by about 10cm wide. - Due date: Flexible

Friendly service, job completion well. Would recommend 😁

Hand/shovel clean up of trenches and help with form work


Eltham VIC, Australia

14th Jul 2023

Hand/shovel clean up of trenches and help with form work. Bring spade, rake, wheelbarrow as well if possible. I have these but we will need more. Happy to work out a day rate with you. Timing will be 9.00-3.00, we can go longer if you like. Thanks Joel - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 15 July 2023 - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 15 July 2023

Jonny,was a great help, and has a great attitude! He helped with slab preperation, formwork, steel placement. He listens and takes direction well. I would definatly use him again. Thanks!!

Removal of 4 plants. Dig trench. Remove plant root system. Reinstate


Camp Hill QLD, Australia

5th Jul 2023

Remove 4 plants and the root system underneath by digging a trench. Reinstate the loose blocks around the garden bed. - Due date: Flexible

Great. Left it near and tidy and all done as requested.

Garden, landscaping, trenching. Gladstone.


Gladstone QLD, Australia

19th Jun 2023

Planting, trenching, landscaping. - Due date: Needs to be done on Monday, 26 June 2023

Remove sand and small rocks from a trench channel drain


Coogee NSW 2034, Australia

19th Jun 2023

Using trench shovels and perhaps your hands as well, you will need to shovel a fair bit of sand and little rocks out of a trench drain and into a wheel barrow or buckets. Length of trench is about 12m. See photo. Wheel barrow or buckets are supplied. Shovels can be supplied if you don't have the tools. I have estimated it will take a maximum of two hours work for one person. Therefore, 2 hours at $60 per hour, the fixed price is $120. If the job takes less than 2 hours, you still get paid $120. If the job takes longer, you get paid an extra $30 for every half an hour over time. Suits 2 people or more. Or else one person can do it. Please let me know how many people, if you have your own trench digging tools, and which day you can do it. - Due date: Flexible

Hard worker. Experienced. Job done extremely well.

Help me lay some poly pipe into a trench


Mount Macedon VIC 3441, Australia

15th Jun 2023

I need someone to help me backfill a trench while I roll out some 40mm poly pipe. It’s about 50 metres long. The job should only take a couple of hours. - Due date: Before Tuesday, 20 June 2023

Rake leaves in backyard and backfill a small trench.


Rosanna VIC, Australia

10th Jun 2023

Rake leaves and backfill a small trench. Rake, shovel, barrow all available. Type of gardening: Garden cleanup Size of garden: Under 50m² Has green waste bin: Yes - Due date: Needs to be done on Saturday, 10 June 2023

Great worker and good bloke. Super clear communicator as well.

Trench required to connect nbn


Korumburra VIC, Australia

25th May 2023

There is no nbn connection to the pit so currently on 4g backup Need to have fixed connection to use Foxtel - Due date: Before Monday, 19 June 2023

Move some river pebble pathway and dig a 400mm trench approx 20m long


St Ives NSW, Australia

12th May 2023

Preparing ground for laying ag pipe Due date: Flexible but asap please

What we thought would be an easy task, turned out to be anything but. Still, Jhoyner and his team were there on time and worked hard to achieve the best result. Thank you!