Fall Back – Trick or Treat!
It’s that time of year again, the clocks have gone back and we are no longer in British Summer Time, the kids are thinking of Halloween, albeit with Tier 2 restrictions, whilst at BTAC, we are still working flat out as contractors in the equestrian, groundwork and agricultural sectors. So, if your list of tasks is building up and you need extra manpower, why not treat yourself and book the services of a reliable contractor? We have more than a few tricks up our sleeve, after all.
Now the clocks have gone back, we are again operating within the vagaries of the seasonal weather conditions which are generally much wetter than they were even a few weeks before. This makes the Halloween period and just after it the ideal time for getting on with any works that require digging. Even though we have powerful excavators and skilled operatives to drive them at BTAC, working on earthworks in the summer is simply more time-consuming. Once the autumnal rains have started to fall, the soil is that much easier to work with. Consequently, jobs like drainage installations, digging trenches, pond excavations and surface levelling all become that much quicker. In turn, this makes them more cost-effective to sub-contract.
Of course, the services we offer don’t end with those examples. Site clearances that involve the removal of old foundation footings are often much simpler, too, at this time of year. The same could be said of our fence installation work, as well. Digging fence posts or driving stakes into the ground is a labour intensive job but one that is much easier if the ground is not rock hard!
Another common job that we will undertake during October and November is repairing or installing block paving. Maintaining drives and tracks on farms and estates is that much easier once the main harvest has come in and you no longer need to drive on them so much. With block paving, weeds will have often established themselves throughout the summer and repair work may now be needed before cracks worsen. The same goes for potholes in tarmac and concrete driveways. The time to deal with those is before the first icy conditions of the winter arrives and they expand under the pressure of frozen puddles.
Equally, we do a lot of work with our Protech twin blade saw cutter during the autumn. This is a convenient time to deal with those stubborn and unwieldy shrubs that have grown too big for a conventional hedge cutter. We find that the Protech saw blade is ideal for our country stewardship jobs and particularly useful when bushes are just entering their dormant phase in early winter.
At BTAC, we work for all sorts of clients in the autumn. From farmers to homeowners, sports clubs and educational establishments, too. Whatever the size of the job, call us to discuss your requirements. You can reach me on 01664 900044 today.