The Fuse Message on Irritrol Kiwdial Irrigation Controller

Posted on 10th February 2016 in Controllers


This is one of the most common reticulation issues especially in suburbs like Butler, Carramar, Banksia Grove and Clarkson where these controllers were installed as part of the landscaping package.

The first thing you should know is that there is no fuse! And the little battery symbol with a line thru it doesn’t mean there is a problem with the battery. There is no battery.

The message means one of two things:

a) There is a fault with a solenoid

b) The controller is faulty.

We can run some tests to prove which one it is, but don’t waste your time looking for a fuse or a battery!

As a general guide if the display is flickering and intermittent the box itself will be dead, but if everything looks good then it may well be the solenoid coil.

The Sprinkler Police Will Get You

Posted on 24th January 2012 in Controllers, Local Knowledge

Seems the water authority have been sending out their inspectors pre dawn and in the evening so if you are watering when you shouldn’t be then you might want to think twice. Its a hefty fine…

If you aren’t sure how to set your control then just give me a call.

Here’s the story

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

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.

Caring for a New Lawn – Part 2 – Mowing

Posted on 18th May 2011 in Sir Walter Turf, Turf

You will know if your lawn is ready for mowing when you can’t lift the turf from the soil bed below. If it still comes away easily then wait a little longer. During the warmer months the grass will take quickly and during the winter months more slowly.

As a general rule mow your new lawn between 7-10 days from installation if installing in an active growing period, (if laying in winter this timeframe will not be so frequent, once a month is usually sufficient).

Close mowing leads to sun scorching and root damage in summer and reduced vigour in winter. If grass is allowed to grow too long, cutting will expose brown stems giving a scalped appearance. The lawn will look patchy, recovery will be slow, weed growth will be encouraged and thatch will develop. A height between 12mm and 20mm is suitable for most lawns, fine grasses being cut closer than coarse grasses. The aim is to avoid removing more than one third of the leaf material at any one mowing.

Frequency of cutting depends on the type of lawn, how well it is growing and the time of year. Lawn grasses recommended for WA conditions grow rapidly in summer and very slowly in winter. We recommend the use of a reel mower which produces a finer and neater cut than a rotary mower.


Reticulation and Turf in Iluka

Posted on 16th May 2011 in Installations, Installing, Turf


For some reason I have been doing a lot of installation work in Iluka recently. Actually we did a job in one street where the velvetene lawn looked so good that the neighbours wanted some and then the neighbours on the other side got in on it as well.


Its always good when the quality of your work brings more work. I wasn’t a fan of couch lawn at all until I discovered velvetene, but having laid it several times now I am impressed by its lush look and feel.


It is a little more expensive than wintergreen but the finish is usually very impressive.


If you live in Iluka and would like some work done then just give me a call. I can refer you to several lawns in the area that still look great (not everyone looks after their lawn) and they will hopefully give you confidence to proceed.


Caring for a New Lawn – Part 1 – Watering It

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


Brighton Reticulation installs a lot of new lawns in the northern suburbs and we have learnt some keys to keeping them looking sensational. (This subject will be broken into several posts for ease of reading.)


Watering is by far the most important factor in the early days of getting a lawn going. Water, water, water! Be sure to apply to the Water Authority for a watering exemption, which will allow you to water more often than normal (usually 3 times a day in the hotter months and twice a day over winter)


You can learn more about water exemptions here : or just call 131039.


If the lawn is looking dry even with the exemption schedule then a brief hand watering to keep it moist would be advisable. Virtually the only way to kill a new lawn is to not water it.


Once your lawn is established you should water during the recommended times set by the Water Corporation. It is also recommended you use a wetting agent on a regular basis to ensure that your lawn is getting the maximum benefit of your watering.


If you are setting your reticulation control box then make sure you check to see if the turf is getting watered at the appropriate times. A power outage can affect your settings or you may just set it incorrectly so its best to be sure. I have made this mistake and ended up coming back a week later to find a dry, brown, crunchy lawn… not good!


Empire Zoyzia Turf Supplied and Laid

Posted on 7th May 2011 in Installing, Turf


If you’re considering a different kind of turf for your yard then it would be worthwhile considering Empire Zoyzia, a fairly new player on the block, but a lawn that looks stunning.


A customer in Burns Beach regularly has people knock on his door and ask what kind of lawn he has because it looks so distinct from all the others.


While its a great looking turf it is also one of the most expensive at around $15-16/sqm + delivery and GST.


Here’s a short spiel from the ‘Empire’ people and you can read more at their website here.

EMPIRE™ Turf grows Australia Wide and provides a lawn grass which is easy to look after. It has a relatively fine leaf which is soft to touch, excellent wear tolerance and thrives in extreme heat and humidity.

EMPIRE™ is good in the shade and keeps a good winter colour and it can generally outcompete the weeds once established. EMPIRE™ ZOYSIA generally requires less watering & less mowing than any other commercially grown lawn in Australia.

Low Maintenance Turf?

Posted on 18th April 2011 in Turf

One of the questions I often get asked is ‘what is the cheapest and lowest maintenance turf available?’

The ‘cheapest turf’ is easy. That is almost always wintergreen, a couch lawn that can still look very good if looked after, but the question of ‘lowest maintenance’ is a little more vexed.

If you want a lawn that looks great with minimal water, weeding, mowing and fertilising then what you actually want is paving or limestone! It just doesn’t exist.

For a lawn to look great more than 2 months after it is laid it needs adequate water, suitable mowing, fertilising at the right time and spraying for weeds and beetles. If you don’t want to do any of these things then your lawn will show it and will slowly die or become weed infested.

I always recommend getting a good lawnmower bloke who will take care of the mowing, weeding and fertilising. After than you just need to make sure it is getting adequate water.

So there really is no ‘low maintenance turf’ especially in a hot dry climate like Perth’s, but with a little care any lawn can actually look good.

For help with any of these issues call Andrew on 0400044236 or email

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