It's time to tell you about a gardening mistake. Joene sponsors GOOPS -- Gardening Oops -- and you can read them on her blog on the first of every month.
Mine this month is a classic. Inevitable and predictable and 100% guaranteed to happen.
Our home has an underground sprinkler system. My garden had a row of dwarf forsythias that were not thriving and needed to be removed.
Removal was a chore, and it involved hacking away the shrubby plants with a shovel, and at one point with a crowbar to dislodge the stubborn root systems.
You know where this is going, you just do.
The laws of nature predict that a crowbar used in any fashion whatsoever near ground level in any suburban yard with a sprinkler system will find and pierce an underground pipe.
It happened. There was no gusher, no geyser to tell us we had done the inevitable damage. Just a slow, seeping burble of water puddling where it should not be. We could not find the actual rupture. The water pooled away from the break, below ground, hidden and insidious.
It got fixed. Jim dug and dug and removed about an acre of dirt and found the wound. The sprinkler guy came and all was back to normal after quick repairs and a hearty check.
I can't even say this was a gardening oops --- there was no surprise, no unexpected outcome or unanticipated mistake made.
It was simply destined to happen the minute the crowbar came out of the toolbox.