Sprinkler Systems

After the sun comes out
How it alters the World-
Waggons like messengers hurry about
Yesterday is old-

All men meet as if Each foreclosed a news-
Fresh as a Cargo from Batize
Nature’s qualities-

Emily Dickinson (1148, 1869)

Weather: Sunny–80 yesterday–will be 80’s again today. The pasture is looking green–a mix of grass, alfalfa and weeds–it still has a long way to go. Had hay delivered during the weekend–$185 a ton–poor quality–we were disappointed. We worked on the sprinkler system all weekend.

Sprinkler Systems are wonderful. With all the planting we’ve done this Spring, it will be nice to know it will all be getting plenty of water.

We have lived here 2 years, and have put this project off all that time, but we’re so close to having it down now.

Here is what we’ve done so far:

1. Our oldest son designed the system–measured out the dimensions–divided the yard into 6 separate “systems”, and went to the store and bought all of the parts for us–pipes, sprinkler heads, system controller, etc. He also put flags in the ground where each head would be.

2. Prepped the Yard: Had 22 yards of topsoil delivered (could have used more), sprayed for weeds on the first nice day, then tilled the yard and raked out the new topsoil with the tractor.

3. Spray painted the lines for the pipes onto the dirt, then rented a Ditch Witch ($140.00), which is like a HUGE chainsaw, and dug into the ground following the spray painted lines.

4. Rolled out pipe into the ditch.

5. Next will be splicing all of those pipes together (2 clamps) and tying them into the main system controller. Then, attaching sprinkler heads where they’ve been marked on the map.

tilling 09

ditch witch


pipes in ditch

As usual, the thing that took the most time was equipment failures. The Ditch Witch broke right aff the bat, and it took about 2 hours to fix.

Still, we’re coming along fast! I won’t have to spend too much more time walking around and hand-watering each plant.

Do you have sprinkler systems at your house? Or, do you prefer the one-on-one, tending of your plants by hand–including their watering?

2 responses to “Sprinkler Systems

  1. Looks like a great system you’re installing there. Does your crew do East coast work? ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wish we had a sprinkler system. It’s all by hand here, moving around the little sprinklers, watering cans, the hose, all depending.

    • emilydickinsonsgarden

      Our crew is going to retire after this job, I think. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a lot of work–but it will be worth it when it’s over. My husband likes to do everything himself–and I mean EVERYTHING! He likes this kind of work–and it’s good for the boys to learn it so they can do it for themselves someday. Jeff–on the tractor–can wire a house, dry wall, build fence and stalls, install automatic waterers, tile and now he can do sprinkler systems! The other boy in the pictures is my youngest–he is still doing the grunt work–but learning a lot, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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