Brighton Reticulation

Running Irrigation off a Rainwater Tank

I get asked often if I can install a rainwater tank to act as the supply for the reticulation. Short answer… No… What you need to realise is that unless you are planning on having a massive (100 000l tank) there isn’t much point. Let’s assume you have a 3000L tank. Then assume you have 4 retic stations that run for 15 minutes each at 30L/min That means you are using 1800L each time you water so you will almost get a week’s worth of watering out of your tank! But… that assumes it rains. And in Perth it doesn’t […]

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Here’s an Idea…

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 […]

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A Garden Grows

Its always nice when you get a chance to see how a garden you have worked in has developed and grown. I did some work for D & D from Quinns Rocks around 18 months ago and then went back this week to help them with the front yard. This is how the back looks 18 months later. The turf is Empire Zoyzia and there is an assortment of some beautiful plants in there too. Like all turfs the Zoyzia goes dormant over winter, but it is just starting to come back nicely now.

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How Long Do I Put My Reticulation on For?

This is not a question with a simple answer, because the response depends on the type of sprinklers you are using and how they apply water. The goal is to get 10ml of water to your lawn/garden each time they operate so different nozzles will require different run times. For example regular pop-ups can be run for around 12 minutes to apply 10mls. Toro precision nozzles need to be left on for around 25 mins to get the same result. Then there are the MP Rotators which need 45-50 mins to deliver 10mls.   There are specs for each type […]

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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 […]

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How to Cut PVC Pipe (Easily)

You can use the good ole hacksaw, but there is a better way. The hacksaw leaves burred edges and can be unwieldy, but a good set of PVC cutters will slice thru PVC and black poly easily and give a clean cut every time. They last for ages and you can pick up a pair at any retic shop. Most cutters suit up to 25ml pipe, but you can get some that will do up to 40ml pipe also.

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Reticulation and Turf in Butler

  As a local business we can offer great prices on a new Retic system or a backyard Retic and turf package. If you’ve been living in a sandpit and dreading winter when it will all turn to mud then give us a call and we can come around and discuss what you need. Winter prices are generally 10-20% cheaper than spring/summer so now is the time to get yourself a bargain.

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Cleaning a Microspray Jet

If you use microsprays in your garden beds then they will get blocked. Its inevitable as they have very small openings and it only takes a little grit or dirt to clog them up.     The fix is easy. Just unscrew the nozzle, get a needleor piece of wire and use the needle to clean the jet out. If you push it through the hole then you will remove the blockage and can then keep using the nozzle. Alternatively you can just buy a new nozzle for around $1.00!  

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Garden Reticulation – Which Method is Best?

When it comes to watering your garden you have several choices:     a) Microsprays – these are the most commonly used product as they generate a lot of water can be targeted at individual plants and are also cheap. Their negative is that they tend to mist and a lot of their spray gets lost. They also get blocked easily.   b) Shrub Sprays – these are larger rigid risers that have a similar spray pattern to regular pop-ups so they can cover areas 3-4 metres with no problem. They are good for garden beds over 1.2m in width […]

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