If you've arranged for an excavating contractor to do some of the excavation work for your landscaping project, here are some tips to follow.
Ask them for the dimensions of their excavator
Before they arrive, you should ask the excavating contractor for the dimensions of their machinery. There are several reasons why you'll need this information. Firstly, the contractor will probably need to transport the dug-up soil from the garden area to your bin. To do this safely, they'll need a clear path that leads from the excavation to the bin. If your garden is currently covered in new landscaping materials, gardening tools and other project-related items, you'll need to move these out of the path and ensure that the path itself is wide enough for the contractor to drive the excavator through it without running over the items in your garden. Knowing the excavator's dimensions will ensure that you make this path wide enough.
Secondly, you may also need this information so you can ensure the contractor can fit the excavator through the entrance to your property. If for example, you have gates that are approximately the same width as the excavator, you might need to temporarily take the gates off their hinges so the contractor can squeeze the excavator through this entrance.
Avoid the excavation area whilst the contractor is working
If the excavation area is in a section of your garden where you need to do other landscaping work, then you might feel inclined to get on with these tasks whilst the contractor is excavating the area you've asked them to dig up. However, it's best to avoid this part of the garden entirely and to instead focus on landscaping work that you can do elsewhere (such as potting plants in some plant pots).
The reason for this is that the contractor will not have a full view of their immediate surroundings when they're operating the excavator. Because of this, they might not be able to see you if, for example, you're doing some landscaping a few feet behind their machinery or right beside it. This could be dangerous, as there is a chance that the excavator or its bucket could hit you when the contractor is lifting the soil and turning the machine around. Because the contractor will be aware of this, your presence nearby might result in them working extra slowly to avoid injuring you. As such, it's safest to simply work elsewhere whilst they're doing this task.