DO I NEED AN ENGINEER TO WATER MY HYDRANGEA?
Do I need an engineer to water my hydrangea? Well, no. But… Let’s say you just planted a row of Hydrangea in your front yard to replace the ones you killed last year. To ensure that they stay lush and beautiful you consulted with your local nursery on optimal watering times and the correct amount of hydration necessary. After thorough research, you buy a top-of-the-line programmable timer and a series of hoses and sprinkler heads to create a simple above ground irrigation system.
Planning | Doing it Right
You drive home and haul out your purchases. You unpack the components and after a thorough inventory, determine you have all the necessary parts. You read the instructions for the programmable timer…twice. You map out your hose plan, connect the sprinkler heads and set the precise sprinkler trajectory. Finally, you test the system; it’s working perfectly.
What You Didn’t See Coming
Three weeks later, your Hydrangea are dead. What happened?
- The nursery gave you bum plant care information
- Your Hydrangea were diseased and destined to die
- Your watering system failed because the ancient piping which led to the outside spigot that you connected your sprinkler equipment to, gave way and was flooding the cellar of your historic downtown cottage. The water pressure at the spigot was down to a nose bleed and never made it to your plants.
- ANY of the above
Do I need an engineer to water my hydrangea? Well, no. But, although an engineer is not required to water your landscaping, if an engineer been consulted on the sprinkler installation project, they would have foreseen the catastrophe and a plan would have been recommended to correct your plumbing issues first.
You may be thinking, that you could have simply hired a plumber. But once a plumber was hired, the plumbing company would have needed to get the necessary permits to perform the work. In order to get the necessary permits, the plumber would probably have needed stamped drawings from an engineer.
Although you still may not be convinced that an engineer is needed for a landscape project, the fact is, most people don’t realize that there are any number of household projects that do require an engineer. If you are remodeling your home or business, check with your local building department for the do’s and don’ts of your upcoming project.