Digging a hole may sound like an easy task, but it’s important to do it right to avoid injury.
- Step 1: Bend your knees while keeping your back straight and lift the dirt using your legs and your stomach muscles to avoid straining your back.
- Step 2: Toss the dirt into a bucket or a wheelbarrow. Repeat the process until you have the size hole you desire.
- FACT: According to the National Cooperative Soil Survey, there are over 20,000 different kinds of soil in the United States.
- TIP: If you encounter a rock or stubborn tree root, wedge the tip of the shovel beneath it and try to pry it out.
- Step 3: Pull your arms toward you once the shovel is well into the ground. Use the shovel as a fulcrum to lift the ground.
- Step 4: Determine the perimeter of your hole. Then place the shovelhead at the perimeter, perpendicular to the ground near your feet, with the handle in front of you. Apply pressure with your foot on the shovel’s step.
- TIP: Put a significant amount of weight on the shovel or stomp down on it to break the ground.
- Step 5: Find out where your utility lines are. You don't want to sever an electrical or cable line with your shovel.