Maintenance of ditches is essential if land drainage is to remain effective. Les Cotton Contractors Ltd uses laser grading with its tracked excavators to ensure a constant even gradient from ditch source to outfall including the installation of ditch pipes under road and field accesses.
Many times when installing new underdrainage systems we have discovered up to three comprehensive systems of a similar design in the same field! These systems had been "lost" due to a lack of ditch maintenance coupled with absence of a detailed plan (often lost when land changes hands). A ditch maintenance scheme when taking over a new farm can often save a considerable amount of money.