The World’s Worst Irrigation Controller?

Posted on 10th February 2016 in Controllers

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What can I say?…

If you have one of these then you know what I’m talking about.

They are one of the most difficult and least intuitive to program.

We can fit a better one for you!

Irrigation Servicing and Repair

Posted on 10th February 2016 in General

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Where do we go?

We are based in Yanchep, and specialise in all suburbs from Joondalup to Two Rocks. Suburbs we service include Alkimos, Eglinton, Trinity, Butler, Jindalee, Quinns Rocks, Mindarie, Clarkson, Merriwa, Kinross, Currambine, Iluka, Carramar, Banksia Grove and Tapping.

We may go further south, but if not we can connect you with someone who will do quality work at a good price. .

Save Water Perth!

Posted on 21st December 2015 in General

This is the latest Water Authority campaign and it lets us know we have had an unusually hot and dry start to spring and summer so our dams are sitting very low.

If you can drop 2 minutes off your watering time you will help out!

Just call if you need help

 

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Almost half of household water is being used on our gardens. And it’s only getting hotter – so we need to act now.

Please join others and reduce sprinkler run times by just 2 minutes per station. So we can all avoid wasting more precious water. 

Water saving tips for the garden

Icon of clock faceWater either before 9am or after 6pm
Watering early is best as it allows the water to soak to the roots and be available to plants throughout the day when they need it most. And remember, only water once on your rostered watering days.

Icon of soil with wetting agent in itImprove your soil
Good soil is the foundation of a waterwise garden, but sandy soil is common in WA and has a low water and nutrient holding capacity. Use soil improvement products and wetting agents to reduce water loss.

Icon of mulch in a wheelbarrowUse mulch in your garden
Apply 5–10cm of a chunky, waterwise mulch to significantly reduce evaporation loss and save water. It’s like sunscreen for the soil and can also reduce weed growth and improve the look of your garden.

Icon of plants in a gardenChoose waterwise plants
These are suitable for our climate and can live with less water. Group plants with similar watering needs so you can water efficiently, or get creative and transform the lawn on your verge into a waterwise garden.


Fixing Reticulation with Duct Tape in Butler

Posted on 9th October 2015 in Repairs

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So let me tell you now – it aint gonna work!

Duct tape is a saviour for many DIY projects, but it isn’t a good fix for retic. No matter how many times you wrap that tape around the pipe the water will leak out. There is too much pressure for the tape to hold firmly. This week I was fixing a pipe in Butler that had been pierced by a garden fork and this is how it looked before I peeled away the tape.

Try this instead.

 

Lawn and Irrigation in Eglinton

Posted on 7th May 2015 in Installations, Installing, Sir Walter Turf

So I quoted this job on Tuesday and as the client wanted to get it done asap I did it today instead of going surfing…

The bobcat got there yesterday and dug out the sand and spread the soil.

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The retic was installed – two stations using precision nozzles as the water pressure was pretty average and one station wasn’t going to cut it. I didn’t even bother getting the trencher off the trailer for this one as the sand was soft and digging was easy.

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From there it was a case of screeding and laying the lawn. This is Sir Walter Buffalo and it always comes up looking great.

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All done by 1.30 and enough time left to hit the beach before dark

Reticulation off the Tap in Alkimos

Posted on 5th May 2015 in Controllers, General

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So you haven’t got any way of getting water to your back yard other than using a tap?

Here’s a set up that can enable you to get two stations of retic functioning well. Start by removing the garden tap and then screw a 15ml brass T piece into the outlet. Then use a 15-20ml nipple in the tee to connect the ball valve, which will allow you to isolate this retic if you ever need to.

From the ball valve you will need a 20-20ml nipple to allow connection of the digital controller. This one is a Rainmaster and is simple to use and easy to program, but they all do pretty much the same job.

From the controller you can either run one line of retic or (as in the picture) you can add an alternating valve to create two separate stations. Be aware that these valves only allow water flow of 20l/min and do require a minimum pressure to function. If this minimum pressure isn’t there they may not switch between stations.

When setting it up test it at each stage for leaks and be sure to use threadseal tape to minimise the possibility of this. And then when programming the controller be sure to schedule two start times if you have an alternating valve.

 

Reticulation and Turf Installation in Mindarie

Posted on 4th May 2015 in Installations, Installing

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If you live in Mindarie then there are a few things worth knowing before installing reticulation and turf.

Water Flow: in Mindarie water flow is usually very good – at least 30l/min. Bores are a good idea as blocks are often large, but they can also be quite expensive.

Soil Content: Expect a lot of limestone rocks and sandy ground. Usually this makes for hard digging and its also essential that you use some good quality lawn mix below any turf that is laid.

For a free quote on any installation work in Mindarie give us a call.

Irrigation and Turf in Two Rocks

Posted on 25th March 2015 in Sir Walter Turf

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It’s that time of year when people consider getting lawn laid again. The weather is cooling down and its a while before winter hits.

Here’s one we did today in Two Rocks – The ground cleared and prepped with 40ml of lawn mix, 105m of Sir Walter Buffalo and a front retic install. We love to work in Two Rocks as its just up the road and on beautiful sunny autumn days like these is even better.

MP Rotators – I’m a big Fan

Posted on 27th January 2015 in nozzles

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I first came across these 7 years ago just as I was starting up Brighton retic and over that time I’d rate them as brilliant nozzles. As well as operating efficiently on properties with low flow rates, they have proven to be highly durable.

I have often installed these on properties and returned several years later to find they are still working perfectly. Generally if an MP stops working it is simply a case of removing the nozzle and filter, cleaning the filter and then reassembling. The filter catches most of the junk and stops it affecting the nozzle.

They aren’t cheap but they do offer excellent results and longevity.

PVC Pipe Blowout

Posted on 27th January 2015 in Never Seen That One Before

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This is unusual.

I was called to a job in Jindalee where the PVC pipe had simply blown out. Where you can see the hole the PVC is soft and pliable and for some reason it had blown there.

Occasionally this happens but I haven’t figured out why yet…