Wednesday Gardening – Irrigation Redo

The weather has been warming up and I’ve been into the garden a bit more than my shop.  I’ve been working on redoing our irrigation system.  Years ago we setup a drip system.  It mostly works, but has proved to be a maintenance headache.  The drip heads clog, the lines break, the cats think it’s their job to knock drip heads out-of-place – seems like Heather is always needing to fix something.  The other big problem is that the water in our area is hard, very hard, that is with lots of minerals that constantly clog up the works.

So I am refitting some areas of the irrigation system with more traditional bubblers and spray heads.  It’s all run off a timer so we can control how often and how long they run.

First step is to dig up the existing lines and add a few more risers:

One of my favorite jobs, digging holes.

When the new spray heads are in place, we’ll plant a few more shrubs and a bit of ground cover.

Here’s a new bubbler on our plum-tree:

We think this tree never got enough water with the old drip heads.

Finally, here is Spotty Kitty watch what I am doing:

Our Spotty Kitty “supervising” my work.

If you need me – I’ll be out front digging a trench.


About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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22 Responses to Wednesday Gardening – Irrigation Redo

  1. writerchick says:

    I’ve given up on drip irrigation – it’s just gone from bad to worse. Also, since we’ve been so droughty out here, everything just cracks and shatters. I admire your perseverance though. 😉

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    • The drip is a nice idea, but it’s just too much work for the kind of garden we have. We still have everything on timers so we can regulate how much water is going out each week.


  2. Ah, Spotty Kitty. What a doll. You have a plum tree? How wonderful! I admire your energy in getting all these projects done!

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  3. Allan G. Smorra says:

    You are getting this system done just in time considering the warm temps that are predicted for the next week. Stay hydrated, Andrew.

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  4. artseafartsea says:

    Beautiful kitty.

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  5. Chris White says:

    Ah, Spotty Cat. Watching is such a neat game. 🐱🐈

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  6. Matt Bowes says:

    There’ll always be a career in post-hole digging.

    That being said, anyway to put a water softener on your system and eliminate some of the effects of the hard water?

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    • or breaking up concrete, I am good at that too. I’ve looked into a water softener, even things like Culligan, one problem is the way my houses in plumbed. Likely I can get it easily to the main part of the house, but getting back to the irrigation system wouldn’t be easy. This house was built in 1954 and has a concrete slab foundation and all the pipes are in the slab. Lots of problems making it happen. Someday, but at the moment a little PVC work is easier/cheaper.


  7. Carrie Rubin says:

    I think Spotty Kitty understands more about what you’re doing than I do. If I did a job like that, I’d have water spraying out all over the place!

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  8. Is there any Handy Man activity you can’t do? Sigh.

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