How to Cut Turf to Size

Posted on 14th August 2013 in Installations, Just For Fun, Products, Turf


If you’re laying turf then inevitably you will need to trim it at some point.

There are many ways to do this, but we have found the steak knife to be the most effective way. But not any old steak knife. Most knives will cut wintergreen and the softer turfs, but if you want to cut thru Sir Walter then you will need something more solid.

We have found homemaker knives from K Mart to be the best as they are a strong one piece stainless steel knife. But good luck finding any as they seem to be a discontinued line. I bought the last 26 boxes in Perth!

By my reckoning there should be another 7 years of turf laying left there…

What Are My Watering Days?

Posted on 19th June 2013 in General


Quoting on Reticulation and Turf Without being There

Posted on 28th March 2012 in Installations, Installing, Local Knowledge

Sometimes its possible for us to give you a very accurate quote on your retic and turf needs without viewing the site.

Ideally we would come and check it out with you and discuss your needs, but in the first instance we can look at your home on and talk with you on the phone about what is required.

If you are happy with the ball park figures then we can meet you and discuss things more fully.

Most nearmap images are up to date to within around a month and can be used to give a good guide to what work is required. We work anywhere from Two Rocks down to Scarborough and would be happy to quote on your needs.

We Chose Velvet Buffalo

Posted on 21st November 2011 in In My Own Backyard, Installations, Installing, Turf

We moved into this place 4 months ago and have been working on the backyard ever since. This is the start of the retaining walls with all the dirt, rubble and rubbish still in place.


This is today

There is still some work to be done, but this is now retained, reticulated and turfed.

We ended up choosing velvet buffalo. Originally I thought we would go for velveteen which is a beautiful soft lawn, but being a cooch variety we ended up deciding not to. We didn’t want the ‘grass in the garden beds’ issue.

So we got some velvet buffalo, a top notch softleaf variety that is available locally.

You can buy velvet buffalo at Joondalup Turf Farm, or you can call us and we will come and install it for you and turn your backyard into something beautiful too.

Here are some photos of it going in…

Weeds and mess about to be cleared, filled and levelled by the bobcat

The bobcat goes to work…

Screeding to get things level

This is my labourer

My kids worked hard today to make the transformation

We can do this to your yard too!




Snake Season in Perth

Posted on 12th September 2011 in General

Its that time of year when snakes come out, so as the move around the yard fixing the retic and attending to the garden be sure to keep an eye out and make sure it really is a stick!

While doing some work in my own backyard today I discovered two different snakes. The one below hung around long enough for me to take his picture.

So – you know the deal.

– Don’t approach them (especially in bare feet)

– Stand still and let them move on

– Make a bit of noise as you move around and they will pick up the vibes in the ground and get out of there.

Personally I’d prefer to chop them in half with a spade every time I see them, but I’m not convinced I’m quick enough!

Sir Walter Gets Laid

Posted on 1st September 2011 in Installations, Turf

Sir Walter Buffalo turf always looks great when it goes down.

Here’s one we did today in Balcatta. The ‘slabs’ of turf are a bit more expensive but they lay easier and take to the soil more easily too.

If you can afford an extra couple of bucks/metre then its worth the investment

Sir Walter v Velvet Buffalo

Posted on 30th August 2011 in Installing, Turf

Today I laid some velvet buffalo turf, the first time in a while I’ve been asked to do so.

The client had some Sir Walter already laid so I took a photo and you can see the difference. In the pic above, the velvet is in the foreground while the Sir W is up the back along the fence and below its reversed.

The Sir Walter has a much brighter green hue while the velvet is more of a dull green. Sir Walter is a broader leaf and the velvet a little finer.

Both lawns look great and I wouldn’t recommend one over the other. It all comes down to personal preference… Personally i like the finer leaf of the velvet but with the colour of the Sir Walter…



Are all Reticulation Parts Equal?

Posted on 12th July 2011 in Installing


Absolutely not!

Beware of using cheap sprinklers as they will cause you pain.

Before I began Brighton Reticulation I was a retic cheapskate. I would use the cheapest parts I could find from K Mart or Bunnings, but get annoyed when they would foul up shortly after installation.

In the last few years I have become increasingly convinced of the value of using top quality parts.

The way I see it, a cheap sprinkler usually lasts a season or two and costs around $2-$7.00. A Toro sprinkler costs around $10.00 and if used regularly should last around 5 years and even up to 10 years.

You can do it cheap, but expect to do it twice or three times before a toro sprinkler even gets close to reaching its use by date. If your time is valuable then you will have saved plenty.

At Brighton Reticulation we simply don’t use cheap parts and won’t even consider it as it would result in many more call backs than we would be able to cater with.





Laying Sir Walter

Posted on 16th June 2011 in Installations, Installing, Sir Walter Turf, Turf


A few tips if you’re going to lay Sir Walter turf.

– Make sure you get the soil levels right. Sir W is 40ml thick and gets pretty boofy so you could even excavate 50ml

– get a sharp steak knife for cutting it. I sometimes go thru a knife each time I lay it! A blunt knife will mean super hard work.

– be aware that your compactor is going to need some help to slide across the grass, so wet it down well before compacting.

Have fun!

Does Your Dog Dig Your Retic and Turf?


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.