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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 in North East Melbourne

Dig a garden bed for landscaping job


Doreen VIC 3754, Australia

22nd Jan 2023

I need to dig a trench in the garden bed to loosen the soil to plant bamboo trees. Must be 40cm deep 1 meter wide and about 20 m length. Also the soil will be reused after mixing with compost I have for back filling for the plants. Also need assistance to plant around 28 small bamboo trees in the holes. I can certainly assist with this with bamboo planting recommendations provided by the nursery Needs to be done before 26th Jan - Due date: Flexible

Technician to dig a trench and connect to NBN


Epping VIC 3076, Australia

27th Oct 2022

A good technician that can dig a trench to the boundary line of my house for NBN connection.

Levelling, removal of soil plus 8m trenching for a foundation


Wollert VIC, Australia

4th Jul 2022

Hi, we need to remove and level the back yard and front to allow for artificial grass landscaping. What will potentially need throwing away will be the greens, which have over grown. From what the eye can see the other soil removed could be used to level are other lower areas. - The high soil is about 100cm deep, the whole back yard is 12x4 metres = 36m2 - The front is about 7x4 metres =28m2 - 7 meters trench for the foundation. I am happy to bear the costs of removing the soil or rubbish if need. Thank you for your quotes. To clear soil over 100 square metres area - Due date: Needs to be done on Thursday, 7 July 2022

Dig a trench along back of an empty garden bed.


Preston, Victoria, Australia

26th Mar 2019

Care will be required as the trench needed is along a colourbond fence (which forms the back wall of the garden bed). The soil needs to be removed down to base of fance or as close as possible - approximately 50cm deep. The length of the trench is 5m. Width is 20cm. Soil is loose with occasional roots from recent plant removal. Tools provided. Tea/coffee/sandwich provided. Reason: Pine sleepers will be placed along the fenceline to protect the fence from the weight of the soil. The soil will then be reinstated so the garden can be replanted.

Wonderful and a hard worker. Very grateful for your help with the digging.