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By the way the flowers you recently got are awesome!
thanks Marcus! hopefully it turns out well
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      05-15-2020, 05:30 PM   #948
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Just got a water pressure gauge delivered and measured 40 psi at an exterior spigot. Think I could try cranking it up a bit to get some more life out of my sprinklers? I’ve read to not exceed 70 psi, so thinking about trying about 50 - 55 psi. Newer home built in 2016.
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      05-16-2020, 03:05 PM   #949
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Keeping the question game alive (I cranked up the pressure to the house this morning BTW... no toilets exploding yet)... Anyone try building their own privacy fence? I’ve got about 4000 sq ft of brush I’m going to clear while keeping the mature trees in place. Once I do that, I’m going to do ~340 linear feet of 6’ privacy fence (I’m thinking cedar pickets with treated pine for posts and crosses). I haven’t gotten any quotes for install, but I’m looking at roughly $3k in materials for DIY. I’d guess another $2.5k for install?

Anyone have any experience?
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      05-19-2020, 03:58 PM   #950
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I posted my Automower on here a while back. Love it, but my side yard's drainage was so bad it kept getting stuck or clogged with mud. Last weekend I finally tackled the beast.

Hand dug the first 100 feet, machine dug the second 100 feet.
Tied in 4 downspouts and 2 wall drains
Cut my cable line twice
Hit my irrigation lines three times
Got caught in a thunderstorm before I could re-fill the second half, so i got to bury it with soaking wet clay the next day and its a huge mess.

Yard still looks like a construction zone, but when it rains the water flies out of the pop up heads by the road. Hoping it looks respectable again in a few weeks...



















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      05-19-2020, 04:47 PM   #951
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I had four WONDERFULLY SWEET blackberries off my bush last night. Sorry, gone before could be photographed. In MAY!!!
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      05-19-2020, 07:27 PM   #952
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Sheesh...with all this rain I'm hoping I won't have to deal with fungus like last year
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      05-20-2020, 12:14 AM   #953
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I posted my Automower on here a while back. Love it, but my side yard's drainage was so bad it kept getting stuck or clogged with mud. Last weekend I finally tackled the beast.

Hand dug the first 100 feet, machine dug the second 100 feet.
Tied in 4 downspouts and 2 wall drains
Cut my cable line twice
Hit my irrigation lines three times
Got caught in a thunderstorm before I could re-fill the second half, so i got to bury it with soaking wet clay the next day and its a huge mess.

Yard still looks like a construction zone, but when it rains the water flies out of the pop up heads by the road. Hoping it looks respectable again in a few weeks...
Curious why you went with corrugated flex pipe instead of a PVC line? I don’t believe you can rooter the flex pipe when it clogs or it’ll get shredded. We’ve got a Frankenstein drain system from the previous owner with this stuff partially underground and partially above ground and just got finished with having a drainage contractor put in a manifold system from the back patio down to the front yard on either side with tie ins for patio drains and downspouts. I believe it’s a 4 inch PVC line with flush points every 3 feet or so. They’re providing a diagram so we don’t have to guess where to dig should we need to access it to clear a clog in the future.

While they were doing it it rained and they noticed seepage out of the ground from the neighbor’s higher elevation so they put a French drain under the manifold on that side. They wrapped up just as the shut down went into effect so one side is pretty much back to normal but the other side is a disaster area - half filled in and now that the stuff they dug out and piled to the side has baked in some heat, it’s as hard as concrete.

Wasn’t cheap, but it’s backbreaking work - they dug mostly by hand with a pick to break up the hard parts. Saved a bit since they originally quoted a flat rate but offered to do time and materials. I think we got the manifolds and tie ins plus the French drain for what they originally quoted for just putting in the manifold for.
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I had four WONDERFULLY SWEET blackberries off my bush last night. Sorry, gone before could be photographed. In MAY!!!
Just picked up a blueberry bush - fresh berries are awesome
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Our Celosia and Vincas starting to bloom for the Summer!

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      05-20-2020, 09:04 PM   #957
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ordered my what use to be called CarbonX for my Memorial Day fertilizer app of the year
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I posted my Automower on here a while back. Love it, but my side yard's drainage was so bad it kept getting stuck or clogged with mud. Last weekend I finally tackled the beast.

Hand dug the first 100 feet, machine dug the second 100 feet.
Tied in 4 downspouts and 2 wall drains
Cut my cable line twice
Hit my irrigation lines three times
Got caught in a thunderstorm before I could re-fill the second half, so i got to bury it with soaking wet clay the next day and its a huge mess.

Yard still looks like a construction zone, but when it rains the water flies out of the pop up heads by the road. Hoping it looks respectable again in a few weeks...
Good for you. I did this job years ago and every time it rains I think how that effort was worth it. Good call getting the Ditch Witch.

I also installed an outdoor sump pump underground because there was a corner of the backyard patio that was to low to drain to the street naturally. I was hosing off the patio yesterday and thinking to myself, it was hard work putting it in but so worth the effort.
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Laid down the nematodes yesterday after the sun went over the horizon. Gotta water daily the next few days and hopefully they’ll get in the soil adequately before it heats up over the next few days.

Need to rototill some spots tomorrow and get the vegetables in the ground soon. Weekend project will be inspecting and re-staking the bubblers that are annoyingly on hose lines and not a timer/valve for the fruit trees and shrubs.
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Laid down the nematodes yesterday after the sun went over the horizon.

Need to rototill some spots tomorrow and get the vegetables in the ground soon.
Once I started adding living cultures to my garden, I quit the tilling. EVERY container I read said doing so destroys those life-forms.

And I SO LOVE tilling the soil into fluffy, dark, soft mounds of Mother Earth's bounteous breast.
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Once I started adding living cultures to my garden, I quit the tilling. EVERY container I read said doing so destroys those life-forms.

And I SO LOVE tilling the soil into fluffy, dark, soft mounds of Mother Earth's bounteous breast.
Different area, didn’t remember to spray the ‘todes on the planter beds. Just put it down on the lawn
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Our Celosia and Vincas starting to bloom for the Summer!

Those vincas are beautiful. But they will drop seeds, germinate and grow everywhere.
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My babies finally bloomed.
mines are taking forever. we had a couple late frost that kept killing the buds!

anyways, picked up these large variety asiatic lillies that grow up to your head from Home Depot!

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Those vincas are beautiful. But they will drop seeds, germinate and grow everywhere.
I wish! I've planted them for nearly 20 years now. They never grow outside my borders and die off in the winter here.
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I wish! I've planted them for nearly 20 years now. They never grow outside my borders and die off in the winter here.
They grow like wild in my yard.
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Here a bit of a long one.
So I bought this old house on a 1 acre lot from a older couple who had let it get a little out of hand. I have many projects going at the same time (complete basement reno being one) but here's the one about the vegetable garden.
Follow along with the pictures in the attached album.
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To the right of the white blockhouse you can see a bunch of green vines. Thats the target location.

Since these are all poison ivy and I contract the rash by even looking at the stuff, I waited until winter to tackle it. So with the help of my gf, (who is immune to poison ivy) we ripped out all the vines and the fence that was once there. There were two chain link fences about 4 feet from each other...weird.

Now the issue was all those vines' roots were still under there and this plant is very persistant. It is everywhere. So we decided to dig down about 1.5 feet and pull out every root we could in the area where the garden would be. So we did that. I dont have the final picture with all the roots, but it was a ton of work. I build a basic raised bed (only 7 inches) and 8 by 24 feet out of repurposed 2x4s from a removed interior wall. Then built a rain barrel to assist in some watering. I planned on needing 2 or 3 yards of dirt to fill the garden but ended up needing 4. The truck can hold one at a time so multiply that picture by 4. On Friday the 22nd, we planted everything. This past weekend we started putting in a 2 foot chicken wire fence to keep the rabbits out. I will update the album with more pictures as it progresses further, but I thought it was time to share.
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