While excavators can perform a variety of functions, they can do decades of damage in 1 hour. It is important to "be on the same page" with the operator and to be present with them.
One of our clients shared that they wished they had more empowering information before the operator came to "clean up", meaning remove everything growing, in a steep slope environment (not wise), and bury the native soil.
A few tips:
1. Make a map of the wild plants that you want to keep and where it is ok to disturb the land, to share with the operator.
2. Do a land walk to go over the map with the operator in person.
3. For new builds, ask the operator to take an hour to scrape off the native topsoil and set it aside during construction to put back once complete, so that life and the embodied energy of soil making can be preserved.
Are you working with raw land or a new build site? Consider a consultation with Healing Roots Design. We are here to support you in making decisions that best preserve the integrity of the land, at every stage of your land journey.