Brighton Reticulation

Laying Turf Well… Laying Turf Badly…

Yep – you can really stuff it up if you don’t know what you are doing! As with all jobs of this kind preparation is everything – after that its ‘green side up’… or so you’d think… But we have seen jobs where the landscaper obviously under-ordered on turf and just left a 100mm strip down the side of the yard. Or this one where rather than butting the edges up hard he just filled the gaps with soil.   The turf will grow across, but its not what you want to see. A good lawn should be fit for […]

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Converting From Mains Retic to a Bore?

Easy to do! If you have recently moved and are wondering if this is a worthwhile option then my tip is to do it straight away. After 5 years in our last home we began debating the merits of a bore, but knowing we may not stay much longer than another year or two we decided against it. But when we moved to Yanchep, to a home with no retic it was the first thing on the agenda. And there have been no regrets. With a bore you get: – ‘free’ water in the sense that it is not part […]

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Transformations

When someone calls us to get to work on their backyard or front yard then essentially what they are hoping for is a transformation – a complete facelift that will have you say ‘wow!’ We don’t often get to go back  and see how our jobs look a year or two later, but this is one job I will stay in touch with because I drive past it every day. Just 300m from our home is this residence right on the beach in Yanchep. It has had both an internal and external facelift over the last year or two. Last […]

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Roam Remote Control

  I managed to get a hold of one of these babies for home the other day. On a quarter acre block it’s a bit of a pain running back and forth to test the stations so a remote comes in handy – and its even better when you need to change a nozzle. Now its no longer a case of unscrew, flush, test while running back to the control box each time. Now you can operate the controller while standing next to the sprinkler. Much easier! The remote allows you to operate your stations for a run time that […]

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Fixing Up Retic and Turf After Excavation

Ok another post from my own backyard… We’ve been living in this place for a year now. When we got here the backyard was pretty well trashed so the last year has been spent getting it looking decent. We had just got there, with retaining walls, done, new turf in, the old turf revived and the veggie patch flourishing. And then we discovered a soft patch of grass… a soft smelly patch. As I dug down I discovered a leach drain that was full of water. Not good. So it meant that after getting it all looking good we had […]

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We Chose Velvet Buffalo

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 […]

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Installing a Bore

We’re still working on landscaping at our own property and the latest project has been to get a bore put down. Once that is sorted we can retic the areas already developed and then get the bobcat in to help us prepare the new areas. So today Luke from Aqua Attack arrived to drill the bore. It would have taken them a couple of hours but they hit a cave and some of the slotted pipe got lost meaning they had to take a bit longer. They drilled down 25m or so and will be back on Friday to install […]

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Plunking Under a Driveway

So you forgot to have your builder put a pipe under your driveway to allow retic to be fed thru?… That makes it tricky. You have two options. If its a paved driveway you can lift and relay the pavers, which will take a couple of hours, or if its concrete one you can ‘plunk’ under. Plunking is a not so technical term for using water to push pipe through. You can easily plonk under paths, but driveways take a little longer. Its not recommended for full width paved driveways as the water can erode the sand under the pavers […]

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In My Own Backyard – Sleeper Retaining Walls

When we bought the house we were aware that some of the retaining walls were around 20 years ago and had either completely fallen over or were in need of repair. We were faced with the choice of doing it all again in limestone blocks or rebuilding the sleeper walls. In a perfect world with endless $$ we would have chosen limestone, simply because of its permanence. But limestone was going to cost around $20K installed and sleepers around $1500 (if I did the work). To DIY with limestone it was going to be around $4K but I wasn’t sure […]

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