Wednesday Working – Irrigation Repair and Roses

Our backyard has a lot of roses. Something 15 or so. I’ve tried counting them but I keep losing track. We think most of these are 10 to 20 years old and in bad shape. They all needed to be fertilized and the ground worked over. There were a lot of roots, weeds and even lawn encroaching on them. It’s taken a couple of weeks to get them to this state:

The rose bed. This is about 10 of the 15 or so roses in the yard. The red bag is the fertilizer.

Heather started working on them, but after a couple of mornings she asked me to help out. With the heat we’ve had here we’re only able to work an hour or two early each morning. We’ve had one blooming of roses this year and hope for a second. Sadly, we think a few of these will need to be replaced next year.

I got around to fixing the irrigation line, but it turned into a bigger issue than I wanted. A buried valve was leaking and I had to trench through mud to find it. Then I found that the main cutoff valve for the line won’t full turn off the water so I had to do the repair with a small trickle of water coming out so end up with this:

The repair – a glue joint and a compression fitting. Yes the pipe curves. The foot belongs to me.

Normally I prefer to glue in buried pipes but because of the bad cutoff valve and the curve in the 1 inch line I opted for one glued fitting and using a compression splice. I worry that the compression splice might fail at some point. Fixing the cutoff valve isn’t a project I wanted to tackle right now as that valve is buried 4 feet down and would require digging a 4x3x6 foot hole to get to it. Not happening anytime soon.

One of the raised beds with corn and other plants. The line repair is show behind that. Also shown is my favorite trenching shovel.

The real problem with the cutoff valve is that in the winter I need to completely turn of the water and drain the line. It gets cold enough here in winter that irrigation lines can freeze and burst if there is water in them.

My solution for this year is to locate a new cutoff valve somewhere else on the line where I don’t have to dig as deep to do the work. We also need a couple of new irrigation watering zones so the next project is to cut into the line, install a cutoff and new irrigation valves. This looked like the right place:

Location of the future cutoff valve and new valve box to split the existing irrigation zones into more manageable chunks.

It will be a few more weeks before I get to that project as I’m still doing drywall in the shed. I’ll have pictures of that next week.

If you need me, I’ll be 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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26 Responses to Wednesday Working – Irrigation Repair and Roses

  1. wolfsrosebud says:

    I can’t imagine working the garden in heat. Our northern rose did terrible because we topped 99’s too early. They like the cooler weather.

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  2. Debra says:

    The roses will be a challenge, but how rewarding if you can nurse them all back to health! It is a worthy challenge. 🙂

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  3. bg says:

    war of the roses .it’s irrigating , still it’ll be worth it and your wife might make turkish dellights as spoils of war . 🙃 or you could prepare her a rosewater bath. 😇 .all the best bg 🙂

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  4. dfolstad58 says:

    interesting read, and I enjoyed the explanations and photos. When you are resting, pop over for some refreshing watermelon.

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  5. Dave says:

    We stopped through Vegas a couple days ago and I must say, if Reno’s temps are similar, one or two hours of outdoor work is impressive. 114 degrees is downright oppressive heat. Felt like a hot blanket pressing down on us. The 98 degrees we woke up to the next morning seemed mild by comparison.

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    • Well, here it was only 105 … we get up about 6 am when the outside temp is below 70 and only work until the temp gets to 80 or then area we’re working in comes into full sun. Then it’s breakfast, showers and spending the rest of the day in the ac.

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  6. Wow, you’ve done wonders rehabilitating those roses if they were that neglected. I bet they’ll recover even more next year. And the pipe repair just makes me shudder. I hate dealing with water lines. Better outside than inside, though… 🙂

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  7. Roses are difficult, aren’t they? How’s the quilting going?

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  8. Well, Andrew, you certainly have been busy working in your retirement, haven’t you? Just reading what all you’ve been doing makes me feel tired…I think I’ll go take a nap now. 😉

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  9. Wow, having roses in the garden must be amazing 😊

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  10. davidprosser says:

    Watch the back with all that digging Andrew. You’ve certainly been busy with those roses. I hope you can get away without replacing them next year.
    Hugs

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  11. Dave Foyle says:

    Wow! I thought retirement was supposed to be less busy! You’ve certainly been busy and made a lot of progress.

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  12. Pied Type says:

    I’m exhausted just reading about all that work!

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