A Flower Bed Is Not A Garbage Dump

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When I had the pond filtration upgraded recently, new drain and return pipes meant the old plumbing was now unnecessary.  I thought maybe the contractor might pull out some of the old stuff, but he was a wise contractor, or at least one who had been in business a long time.  Experienced contractors learn never to go out of the scope of the contract and never touch anything you don't have to, lest what you touch is a can of worms--or Pandora's box. 

A lot of contractors would be honestly puzzled at my efforts to remove unnecessary pipe.  What are they hurting?  Just plant around them!

Of course a gardener has a completely different point of view--we want to plant everywhere.  Old pipes and squashed soda cans and pieces of plastic bag in our fluffy loam is downright sinful.  I spent the day yesterday digging out pipes, purifying the once and future home of roses and begonias.  A flower bed is not a garbage dump. 

Archeologists of the distant future will be disappointed with what was once my garden--or so I fervently hope.

Won't last, don't care:
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  1. The contractors who put in the wall around our patio used their lunch debris and the empty concrete bags as back-fill. NOT GOOD.

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  2. Some contractors show real pride in a clean job well done. Unfortunately that seems to be the minority. Even if you won't be leaving clues for the archaeologists of the future I suspect our culture will be well documented with the scraps left by other contractors. I think you're doing the right thing now, when it's easy (okay, easier) to pull up pipe without pulling up plants.

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  3. I'm too scared to pull up old pipes around here. Every time I do the toilet stops working.

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