Here’s an Idea…

Posted on 7th November 2015 in Ideas, Never Seen That One Before


Remember those old holiday shacks with grass driveways that always showed the furrows where the car had been driven into the asbestos shed at the back of the property?

Well maybe grass driveways are on the return.

This story in the news today is about a local Perth bloke who installed a special grass driveway using ‘Grass-Cel technology and now the council don’t believe it conforms to their specs…


‘Grass-Cel’ turf pavers are made of porous recycled plastic overlaid with soil and seeded with grass. They take the brunt of a car while allowing grass to grow undamaged.

I guess its not everyone’s cup of tea, but it does allow for a much greener street. The down side is obviously more water usage. It looks easy to install and would certainly be a viable alternative to concrete. Its around $35.00/m just to supply and then there would be installation and the lawn & soil on top. Not cheap, but definitely an alternative to concrete or paving.

Its not a new idea with the company having been around for 30 years or so, but its an idea if you love grass and hate concrete or paving…

Here’s a video of it all getting laid:


Shared Bores and Strange Problems in Yanchep

Posted on 27th September 2015 in bore, What's Going on There?


This week I had an early morning phone call from a regular client who lives at the top of our street.


‘Andrew – my retic is on and it won’t go off. I’ve turned the controller off but it keeps running…’


If this were a system running off the mains then we would naturally presume a faulty master and station solenoid but this was a bore. I told him to turn the bore off at the mains and that stopped the flow.


Assuming it was the electrical contactor failing I told him to get the electrician out to check it out and replace it.


So the electrician attended and couldn’t see a problem, apart from the faulty station solenoid.


So the client rang again and we discussed it some more.


It didn’t make sense. It had to be an intermittent problem. Then 3 days later he called again to say it had happened again.


Odd… I told him to get the sparky back because pumps don’t just come on of their own accord


The electrician went back and could find no fault with the contactor. Really?…


I was at home having a coffee so I headed up the street to see if we could resolve this somehow.


Sure enough it all worked perfectly, except for the faulty solenoid. I was hesitant to fix the solenoid until we had resolved the intermittent pump issue otherwise we would risk the pump coming on with nowhere for the water to go and possibly burn it out.


It was a puzzle… and it was also a shared bore…


So I guessed that perhaps the other person’s contactor had failed. Now we were getting warm. The contactor was fine, but then it dawned on me to check the settings on their controller.


Sure enough the times my client had noticed his retic running when it shouldn’t have corresponded to the times that the neighbour’s retic was running.


Problem solved and now we just need to replace a solenoid.

Shared bores can present some unusual issues so give us a call if you get stuck and need to troubleshoot

Easy Retrieve Memory on Hunter X Core

Posted on 21st September 2015 in Controllers

Xcore controller

Another good reason to choose the Hunter X Core Controller is the ‘easy retrieve’ memory function, which means I can come and set your controller, you can fiddle with it, make adjustments and then discover all has got weird, before implementing the memory retrieve procedure below and taking it back to where you want it.

To save a program into memory:

  1. With the dial in the RUN position, press and hold the    and     buttons for 5 seconds. You will see three segments    on the left of display.
  2. Release the    and    buttons.
  3. The display will scroll three segments    from left to right across the display indicating the program is being saved into memory.
  4. The display will show “doNE”, and then revert to time of day display.
  5. The Program is saved in memory.

To retrieve a program from memory

  1. With the dial in the RUN position, press and hold the    and    buttons for 5 seconds. You will see three segments    on the right of display.
  2. Release the    and    buttons.
  3. The display will scroll three segments    from right to left across the display indicating the program is being retrieved from memory.
  4. The display will show “doNE”, and then revert to time of day display.
  5. The Saved Program is retrieved from memory.

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.


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.


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




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

Retic and Turf Installation in Eglinton

Posted on 5th May 2015 in Installations, Sir Walter Turf

So this is where it begins… a blank canvas they call it…

I quoted this job today for backyard reticulation, removal of sand and dirt and supply spread of lawn mix, followed by 63m of Sir Walter Buffalo.

This yard isn’t in bad shape as the sand isn’t piled too high, but we will still need to remove quite a bit before spreading 40ml of lawn mix.

Once I have finished it on Thursday I’ll post some pics of the end result




Irrigation and Turf in Breakwater Estate

Posted on 25th March 2015 in Installations







We don’t do a lot of work in Breakwater but last week we got out there and laid 320m of wintergreen after installing the reticulation the previous week.

Some Hunter PGP ultras did the job off the bore.

Irrigation and Turf in Two Rocks

Posted on 25th March 2015 in Sir Walter Turf


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.

PVC Pipe Blowout

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


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…

My Best Mate

Posted on 12th September 2014 in General, Just For Fun


No its not Bede Anderson of Mr Retic… although he is a good mate.

Its my trencher in the trailer with Bede’s on its way down to Welshpool for its annual service. There are a lot of things in life I can live without, but if my trencher carked it then I might be considering another business…

That said I only get it off the trailer for big jobs and often just dig the trenches by hand to stay fit.

But when it comes to cutting through established turf and doing the job quickly it just can’t be beaten. Hence the title ‘my best mate’…



Changing Seasons And a Great Time to Install Turf

Posted on 2nd April 2014 in Installations, Installing, Sir Walter Turf, Turf


This cooler weather is the perfect time to install some turf.

It will grow well before winter, you can avoid the heat and your lawn will look great.

Give us a call for a free quote. We can usually give you a pretty good estimate over the phone and then can measure up if we are looking like going ahead