Some Garden Innovation

This morning we took a little trip up to the Urban Farmer store to look at sprinklers (what can I say?). I've been thinking I'd like to set in some kind of covered gutter system for the sprinkler pipes, to make maintenance easier. But would I have to make them myself? Apparently not:

Prefab gutters

It's so reassuring that somebody else has already designed this thing for me.

Speaking of designing things for me, the very day I went out and hand-painted the Bermuda grass, I came inside and saw this post by Hanna explaining a far easier way to keep from spraying your roses with Roundup while getting the Bermuda growing under them. I don't drink soda, but I did have a soap bottle:

Spraay shield

It works very nicely (I didn't tape it on or glue it in place because I wanted to be able to use the bottle for unshielded spray, too), but you do have to be careful of drips from the shield as you move from weed to weed. I continue to do battle with the Bermuda.

Shield in action

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posted by ayse on 05/27/06

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Would you use the gutters for all piping in the yard or just some areas? They are interesting, though I guess I'm puzzled why you would need it.

Thanks for your well written explanation about glyp*hosate use vs 'natural' herbicides. I do recommend cheap plastic gloves though. You really don't want to get the herbicide mix on you (more the sticker/spreader is iffy, but still, good habit to develop).

The gutter is mostly for getting runs of pipe to where they need to come up and run around in the beds. I want it where I won't be tripping on it, but I'm not keen on actually burying it and not being able to check on it.

Mostly it would run along the straight garden paths or the fence, but occasionally crossing a pathway.

I usually wear nitrile gloves while mixing or pouring herbicide or fertilizer (or, lately, the spray for powdery mildew on the roses). But when spraying it's not much of an issue; the sprayer doesn't leak and I handle it carefully. I got my chemical handling habits in a lab where a spill was likely to result in a long term hospital stay, and that sort of thing stays with you.

I'm glad you liked the R**nd*p post. I should be more clear about the whole glyphosate thing: it's not that I don't think the stuff should be handled carefully, or that I think it should just be poured on the lawn willy-nilly. Any sort of enzyme needs careful handling, and herbicides need to be used as sparingly as possible. It's just that it's not as evil as people seem to think it is when handled properly (the directions on the package are there for a reason), and vinegar is not an acceptable substitute.

Thanks for passing along the tip about the bottle for use with Round Up -- brilliant!

I'm working hard at ridding my yard of Japanese knotweed and had an overspray tragedy last week.

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