A Garden Grows

Posted on 4th November 2012 in General, Ideas, Installations, Just For Fun, Local Knowledge

Its always nice when you get a chance to see how a garden you have worked in has developed and grown. I did some work for D & D from Quinns Rocks around 18 months ago and then went back this week to help them with the front yard.

This is how the back looks 18 months later.

The turf is Empire Zoyzia and there is an assortment of some beautiful plants in there too.

Like all turfs the Zoyzia goes dormant over winter, but it is just starting to come back nicely now.

How Long Do I Put My Reticulation on For?

Posted on 16th December 2011 in Ideas, Products, sprinklers, What's Going on There?

This is not a question with a simple answer, because the response depends on the type of sprinklers you are using and how they apply water.

The goal is to get 10ml of water to your lawn/garden each time they operate so different nozzles will require different run times. For example regular pop-ups can be run for around 12 minutes to apply 10mls.

Toro precision nozzles need to be left on for around 25 mins to get the same result. Then there are the MP Rotators which need 45-50 mins to deliver 10mls.

 

There are specs for each type of sprinkler available from the manufacturers or your retic guy can help you make sense of it. Here’s an example of how to find the answer. The chart shows that PGP needs to be on for 60 mins to apply 10ml.

The important thing is to remember that not all sprinklers deliver water at the same rate.

 

Does Your Dog Dig Your Retic and Turf?

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Then here’s an idea for you!

I laid this Sir Walter turf today and the clients asked me to lay a grid of chicken wire over the top of the lawn.

The wire is approx 80ml squares and the idea is that the grass grows up thru it and the dogs are unable to dig because they cant get any grip.

I mistakenly put it under the turf initially thinking it would be better unseen, but i guess with Sir Walter and the way it grows it will soon be enveloped in lawn.

So if you love your dogs and love your backyard, but dont know how to stop them digging then this could be the solution you are looking for.

How to Cut PVC Pipe (Easily)

Posted on 1st June 2011 in Ideas, Products, Tools

You can use the good ole hacksaw, but there is a better way.

The hacksaw leaves burred edges and can be unwieldy, but a good set of PVC cutters will slice thru PVC and black poly easily and give a clean cut every time.

They last for ages and you can pick up a pair at any retic shop. Most cutters suit up to 25ml pipe, but you can get some that will do up to 40ml pipe also.

Reticulation and Turf in Butler

 

As a local business we can offer great prices on a new Retic system or a backyard Retic and turf package.

If you’ve been living in a sandpit and dreading winter when it will all turn to mud then give us a call and we can come around and discuss what you need.

Winter prices are generally 10-20% cheaper than spring/summer so now is the time to get yourself a bargain.

Cleaning a Microspray Jet

Posted on 24th May 2011 in Garden beds, Ideas, What's Going on There?

If you use microsprays in your garden beds then they will get blocked.

Its inevitable as they have very small openings and it only takes a little grit or dirt to clog them up.

 

 

The fix is easy. Just unscrew the nozzle, get a needleor piece of wire and use the needle to clean the jet out. If you push it through the hole then you will remove the blockage and can then keep using the nozzle.

Alternatively you can just buy a new nozzle for around $1.00!

 

Garden Reticulation – Which Method is Best?

Posted on 20th May 2011 in Drip Irrigation, Garden beds, Ideas, Installations, Installing

When it comes to watering your garden you have several choices:

 

 

a) Microsprays – these are the most commonly used product as they generate a lot of water can be targeted at individual plants and are also cheap. Their negative is that they tend to mist and a lot of their spray gets lost. They also get blocked easily.

 

b) Shrub Sprays – these are larger rigid risers that have a similar spray pattern to regular pop-ups so they can cover areas 3-4 metres with no problem. They are good for garden beds over 1.2m in width where microsprays would not give adequate coverage. Their negatives are that they are a little more expensive and because they are also spaced further apart if a shrub happens to grow up and block the spray then they become ineffective. (The picture is only of the head as the risers can any length)

 

c) Subsurface Irrigation / Miniscape – If installed correctly and run for the correct length of time approx (60 mins)  this is a highly efficient method of watering. The slow release dripline is spaced at either 15ml or 30ml intervals and waters the base of the plant. There is no wastage due to wind. The negatives of this system is that it is more costly and it is also a bit more difficult to work around if you plan on digging in the garden. I have installed this several times and can see the benefits, but personally I like to see the water being distributed.

 

 

d) Adjustable Staked Drippers – This is a good middle ground between the water efficient miniscape and the less waterwise microsprays/risers. With this system individual drippers are placed either next to a plant or between plants and they then drip/spray to a very localised area. The drippers can be adjusted to spray a radius of up to 800ml or they can be turned right down to a mere trickle.  They are more expensive than the microsprays but I’d suggest they are an excellent compromise between water volume, visibility and expense.

 

At the end of the day you need to be satisfied that what you choose is going to do the job for you, but these are some of the most common options.

 

 

 

 

Love Your Lawn

Posted on 20th May 2011 in Ideas, Sir Walter Turf, Turf

Here’s a  very useful site on lawn care with some short snappy videos around a variety of topics. I have included a couple of the videos below:

 

 

 

 

Why Choose Soft Leaf Buffalo?

Posted on 20th May 2011 in Ideas, Products, Sir Walter Turf, Turf

I received a pamphlet in the mail today from Westland turf, one of the turf suppliers I use and these were the reasons they gave:

 

a) Buffalo Grass is much more tolerant of the alkaline soils than is couch grass and is highly suitable for Perth’s coastal suburbs.

b) Buffalo Grass has been shown in trials to require no more water than couch grass to maintain colour

c) No scalp marks and can be mowed with a rotary mower

d) Buffalo Grass produces no underground stems (rhizomes) and because it only spread by surface runners (stolons). It is easy to keep out of garden beds.

e) These soft leaf varieties provide a non-itching surface and a very comfortable lawn.

f) Buffalo Grass requires less fertiliser and mowing than couch grass.

The Green – Brighton – “My Retic is Lacking Pressure!”

Posted on 20th May 2011 in Ideas, Local Knowledge, Never Seen That One Before

If you live in ‘The Green” in Brighton then you will find this is a common complaint.

Sooner or later it will happen to you. You will start to observe dry patches in your lawn and it will look like your retic is lacking pressure.

 

I remember the first time I was called out to look at one of these situations I was complete puzzled as to what was causing the issue. I ended up ringing Total Eden who install all the new systems in the area and discovered that there is an inline filter right next to the master valve that regularly gets clogged up with mineral deposits from the bore water.

I removed the filter, cleaned it out re-installed it and the difference was huge. You can see a dirty one above.

If you want to do this yourself then you can follow this guide here that was recently uploaded to the Brighton Intranet.  Its worthwhile doing this procedure at the start of spring and halfway through summer to ensure all is working well.