So to not rake up an insane bill we decided to do the digging ourselves. We weren't exactly sure where the pipe was but we had a general idea. My poor flower bed is now destroyed.. First step was to rip out the big hedge in the area we needed to dig. Then Zach, his dad, and brother began digging a trench that by the end of Wednesday was 6 feet wide and a foot and a half deep. Still no sign of the pipe and the thunderstorm stopped them of digging any more. Thursday the three of them went back at it and ended up with a 10 ft wide trench, still no pipe. Finally after 7 hours of digging yesterday they had uncovered the pipe.
And all my pretty flowers are killed. It took the plumber about 15 minutes to replace the terracotta pipe (how old is that! probably original to the house) with PVC. Indeed roots had broken into the pipe and made a massive clog. So at least its fixed now. Poor Zach, Mike and Josh are going to be sore for days. Now I am left with a pathetically destroyed flowerbed. What can I plant in the summer that doesn't have extreme roots?!