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.
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.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org