Perth Reticulation Experts https://reticulationperth.com Garden Proud Thu, 14 Feb 2019 06:10:21 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 https://reticulationperth.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/cropped-reticulation-blue_Leaf_Web-1-32x32.jpg Perth Reticulation Experts https://reticulationperth.com 32 32 Prevent Breakage to Pop-up Sprinklers https://reticulationperth.com/tips-on-how-to-prevent-breaking-pop-up-sprinklers-when-someone-drive-on-your-verge/ Thu, 20 Jul 2017 06:22:31 +0000 https://reticulationperth.com/?p=5534 How frustrating is it to have to fix your pop-up every time someone drives on your verge? In this article you will learn an alternative to classic sprinkler installation to prevent your neighbours or guests from snapping your pop-up sprinklers – or even worse, the PVC pipe underneath. (Photos of broken pop up on the […]

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How frustrating is it to have to fix your pop-up every time someone drives on your verge?

In this article you will learn an alternative to classic sprinkler installation to prevent your neighbours or guests from snapping your pop-up sprinklers – or even worse, the PVC pipe underneath.

(Photos of broken pop up on the verge)

First, let’s have a look at how your sprinklers are usually attached to the underground pipe work.

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As you can see on the above photos, the pop-up sprinkler is screwed directly to the underground pvc fitting via a ‘nipple’. When under stress (driven on or kicked) the nipple tends to snap first (best case scenario) but sometimes the PVC pipe or the PVC fitting breaks, which creates a much harder job to fix.

Now let’s look at ways to prevent damages.

Use of ‘funny pipe’ or ‘swing pipe’

Pop-up sprinkler retic system

In this configuration (see above picture), we offset the pop-up sprinkler by using a piece of flexible pipe (Swing pipe or Funny pipe). This allows the system to have some flexibility and when/if the pop-up sprinkler is driven onto or kicked, the flexible pipe will bend without affecting the PVC pipe or fitting.

Pro tip: You can also use flexible pipe when upgrading a reticulation system. If your pop-up sprinklers are misplaced, it is then easier to relocate them using funny pipe instead of having to cut the main PVC line and run new section of pipe.

Use of poly elbows and risers.

Flexible reticulation system

Similarly, we can use a system comprised of 4 elbows + 1 riser. This serves the same purpose as the funny pipe solution. A problem you might find using this technique is that any adjustment of the positioning of the sprinkler is a little more limited and also requires more parts.

I hope that you’ve found lots of value in this article and that you’ll be able to repair any broken pop-up sprinkler that your neighbour,  pets or even the lawn mower might damage.

We understand that life can get busy at times and that not everyone wants to spend the weekend fixing up everything in the garden. This is why we offer a professional repairs and maintenance service – our team of highly qualified retic technicians are always just a call away. Click here to get in touch and we’ll get your reticulation sorted.

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Irrigation Maintenance to Keep Your Lawn Healthy https://reticulationperth.com/irrigation-maintenance-to-keep-your-lawn-healthy/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 08:30:59 +0000 https://reticulationperth.com/?p=391 Getting spots of brown in your grass? What about a rise in your water bill? In fact, how much should you water your lawn? All these questions can be answered by looking at your irrigation systems or equipment and carrying out proper irrigation maintenance. Keeping your grass nice and green is not easy. Lawn care can […]

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Getting spots of brown in your grass? What about a rise in your water bill? In fact, how much should you water your lawn?

All these questions can be answered by looking at your irrigation systems or equipment and carrying out proper irrigation maintenance.

Keeping your grass nice and green is not easy. Lawn care can quickly falter if you aren’t taking good care of your irrigation system, so we have complied a few tips on how to help you get the most our of your system.

Irrigation Maintenance Tips

So, what does irrigation maintenance entail?

There are a variety of key components that lead to a healthy and well-kept lawn, and making sure your irrigation system is up-to-scratch is a massive part of the equation.

Keeping your irrigation system on a regular, seasonally-optimised schedule will save money over time, as well as helping your lawn and plants stay beautiful.

Watering

Whether you have an automatic sprinkler system or not, sticking to a watering schedule is key. In Perth we are allow to give 10mm of water twice a week to our gardens (3 times if you are a bore user).

To get the most out of your irrigation maintenance system, here are a few key tips in regards to when you should water your lawn:directional sprinkler reticulation watering system Perth

  • In Perth you need to be watering in the early morning before 9am or after 6pm in the evening when temperatures are lower and there will be less water evaporation and lower winds.
  • Avoid night-time watering! This can cause overwatering as the lawn may not be able to keep up without sunlight and evaporation.
  • Water two to three times a week. Each month you may have to adjust how much you are watering.

Seasonally check your reticulation system and adjust the watering accordingly

In winter you won’t need to water as much, but many people leave their summer watering schedule in place and waste a lot of water, as well as over-watering their poor plants and lawn. If you aren’t sure, get a professional in – it will save you a lot of water and time!

Leaks

A main source of irrigation system problems, and often those sad, brown spots on your lawn, are leaks. Regularly check all sprinklers, hoses, and faucets, not just for leaks, but to see if they are still watering in an even cover over the full scope of your garden. If the pressure is down due to a leak or problem in the main system, it could be affecting the amount of cover that sprinkler or pop-up can give your lawn.

Not only will leaks cause under or overwatering, but they will also increase your water bill dramatically!

Installing direct downspouts to cause runoff from rain gutters also helps. The precipitation can also be a great way to save money, as using collected rainwater in dry spells.

By paying attention to your garden and observing any dry spots or plants that aren’t doing as well as they should be, you should be able to catch any problems that arise pretty quickly. If you suspect something is wrong but can’t figure out what, call a professional quickly to save a lot of water and money, as well as any further damage to your system or plants.

Mowing

Believe it or not, mowing your lawn is a part of irrigation maintenance!red lawn mower Perth gardening

To maintain proper irrigation, do not mow your grass too short. Often, this can cause the grass to not be able to shade itself properly. The roots then become dry and energy will be spent more on growing more leaf blades.

Keeping your lawn at 2 to 3 inches can help reduce the need for watering. Taking off more than one-third of grass at a time can turn your whole lawn brown eventually!

Hazards

Pets are a major cause of reticulation issues so watch your pets as much as possible around your systems, especially when they are in action, and make sure they know that pipes and pop-ups aren’t for chewing…

With pop-up systems, make sure that you or whoever mows your lawn is aware of exactly where they are located – we have been called out to fix more than one accidental sprinkler decapitation!

If you have pop-ups located on your verge, tell family and friends not to park there, or place a white painted rock or other marker near-by to avoid any unfortunate incidents.

Drip-line systems are great for unobtrusive watering and often don’t require the amount of fixing pop-ups do, as they stay out of the way. Just be aware that if there is heavy rain or stormy weather they can sometimes become exposed when dirt washes away and become more vulnerable to damage.

How We Can Help

We understand that keeping your irrigation maintenance system in good shape can take time. That’s why we can take care of it for you with our irrigation maintenance services. Getting your system installed by a professional saves time and money in the long-run, and you know that everything has been optimised so you can get the most value out of your watering system.

At Perth Reticulation Experts, our team is dedicated to helping you keep your irrigation system functioning properly, so you can grow a lush, green garden. Contact us for irrigation repairs, installation or seasonal checks – our experts will get the job done right the first time and then set it up properly so you don’t have to think about it!

Don’t forget to check out our gardening blog to keep up with gardening and lawn tips.

 

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Irrigation System Maintenance in Spring Time https://reticulationperth.com/spring-time-irrigation-system-maintenance/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 03:28:00 +0000 https://reticulationperth.com/?p=375 Do you have an irrigation system at your home or office? If so, it may be time for you to perform some irrigation system maintenance to help you ensure your system is operating at its best! By performing this maintenance, you can save on costs and help improve the health of your landscape. Read on […]

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Do you have an irrigation system at your home or office?

If so, it may be time for you to perform some irrigation system maintenance to help you ensure your system is operating at its best!

By performing this maintenance, you can save on costs and help improve the health of your landscape.

Read on to learn more about some things you can do as part of the maintenance for your irrigation system.

Observe a Test Run

One of the ways you can perform an effective irrigation system maintenance is to run your system when you can watch it! By watching it run, you can see if water is reaching all the areas it needs to.

You can also monitor the amount of water that reaches the plants and grass in your yard. If there is too little or too much water in an area in your yard, you can adjust your sprinkler system.

Also, look for areas on the sidewalk or street where your sprinklers water. Anywhere water is being shot onto these surfaces means that water is not reaching its intended target and wasting water in the process!

Check Sprinkler Heads

Over time, your sprinkler heads may become clogged or damaged.

They can be clogged because of dirt and leaves that get stuck in them over time. They may become backed up by roots that crack or grow into a pipe underground. There can also be damage to sprinkler heads because of being struck by lawn equipment or run over by a vehicle’s tire.

When you check your sprinkler heads, be sure to replace any that have been damaged and tighten any screws that are loose. You may have a sprinkler head that is leaking and needs to be completely replaced.

By ensuring all your sprinkler heads are working properly, your irrigation system will operate at a high level.

Know Your Landscape

As part of your irrigation system maintenance, you should understand the watering needs of your landscape.

This means knowing when to run the sprinklers and for how long, so that you’re maximizing the use of water and minimizing waste. Different plants and types of grass have different watering needs.

For example, fresh sod will need more water than an older lawn.

You also should be aware of different weather conditions that will impact your landscape’s need for water. If your area is experiencing high levels of rain or going through a drought, this will impact your water usage.

As part of your irrigation system maintenance, you should monitor the programmed settings for your system to operate as needed. This means adjusting run times and usage for different times of the year.

Consider Adding a Rain Sensor

Have you ever driven by a home in the rain and seen their sprinklers running at the same time?

One way to prevent that from being you is to install rain sensors! This can be a valuable addition to your lawn care needs as part of your irrigation system maintenance.

When you add a rain sensor, you can preset the system to automatically shut off your sprinklers when rain reaches a certain level.

Worried about it raining for a brief amount of time and “tricking” your system?

These sensors can also re-start your irrigation system once the water levels go down. That way your landscape is not missing out on an opportunity to be watered when it’s needed!

Install Rotators

It’s a great opportunity to add some rotators to your sprinklers while assessing your irrigation system.

Rotators enable the water leaving your sprinkler heads to disperse more evenly across your yard and other landscape. These rotators deliver water at a steady rate, helping you to conserve your usage. This also allows you to water all the areas within the rotator’s reach.

Effective Irrigation System Maintenance

In order to help your landscape grow and remain healthy, you should regularly perform effective irrigation system maintenance.

One of the best ways to evaluate how well your system is working is to observe a test run. By doing this, you’re able to see how it’s running and ways that you can improve it.

Is there a sprinkler head that is just leaking water? Are there certain areas of your yard or garden that are not receiving any water at all?

This test run will give you the chance to identify issues that your system is having and address them.

Another way to help you with maintenance needs is to have a good understanding of the watering needs of your lawn and plants. You should also be aware of the time of year and the sort of weather your area is experiencing.

By knowing the needs of your landscape, you can adjust your system to ensure areas are not receiving too much or too little water.

When you’re performing maintenance, it’s also a good time to consider adding things to your irrigation system that will help it operate better. These include the addition of rotators to your sprinkler heads or adding a rain sensor.

Rain sensors enable your system to run when needed but also shut off when they’re not. This will help you to conserve water by not running your sprinklers when rainfall reaches a pre-set level.

By adding rotators to your irrigation system, you help water spread across your landscape more evenly and at a consistent rate. This can also help you conserve water usage, which is good for the environment and your wallet!

Wrapping Up

At Perth Reticulation Experts, our experienced team of professionals provides reticulation installation and repair services. We are trained in the best ways to help you have the healthiest, longest landing landscape through a strong reticulation system.

We will also provide valuable advice that will conserve water and save you money!

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you!

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Getting the Best Sprinkler Heads for Your Lawn https://reticulationperth.com/getting-the-best-sprinkler-heads-for-your-lawn/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 02:04:02 +0000 https://reticulationperth.com/?p=394 If you’ve decided to invest the time and money into irrigating your lawn, choosing the right sprinkler head is a must. The proper sprinkler head will ensure proper water distribution and over time, will save you valuable time and money. Yet, with so many sprinkler heads on the market today, it can be difficult to determine […]

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If you’ve decided to invest the time and money into irrigating your lawn, choosing the right sprinkler head is a must.

The proper sprinkler head will ensure proper water distribution and over time, will save you valuable time and money.

Yet, with so many sprinkler heads on the market today, it can be difficult to determine which is the best fit for your home and garden.

Today, we’re taking a look at a few considerations to keep in mind when picking yours out to take the guesswork out of your next trip to the hardware store.

Ready to get started? Let’s dig in!

Types of Sprinkler Heads: Finding One That Fits

One of the most important aspects of your selection will be picking the type of sprinkler head that’s appropriate for your intended use, it’s not just about budget! Let’s take a look at the top three most common types:

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These are the most traditional types of sprinkler heads. They distribute water in a fan shape. You can usually interchange their nozzles to switch the pattern up, spraying water in a circular pattern, half circle, etc. These
types of heads are usually spaced around 18 feet apart, and you can adjust them to determine how far the water reaches.

Rotor Heads

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These types of sprinklers work by rotating a water stream over your lawn in full or half circles. Due to their position, you can space rotor heads farther apart, typically between 8 and 65 feet.

Rotary Nozzles

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These are essentially miniature rotors that fit onto smaller rotator bodies. They are designed to produce less of a stream, and more a light mist and thus, conserve water.

Selecting the Right One

Not sure where to start when deciding between these types of sprinkler heads? Here are some key points to think about:

Water Pressure

Spray heads require between 20-30 PSI of water pressure. PSI is the pressure of a column of water – about 0.433 psi per foot of water column height.

Rotor heads require at least a little more water pressure than the distance between rotators (so if your rotators are 45 feet apart, around 55 PSI). Rotary nozzles work the same way, but on a smaller scale.

If your water pressure is less than 40 PSI, you’ll want to consider spray heads or rotary nozzles. Rotor heads are typically designed to cover a larger area and thus need more PSI.

Shape of Area

Is your lawn wide and long? If so, the far-reaching rotor heads might be just the ticket. On the other hand, if it’s narrow, between 12 and 28 feet wide, rotary nozzles should work great. They have a water spray radius of between 15-35 feet and are ideal for smaller areas.

Landscaping Design

When planning your irrigation system, keep in mind the shape of your landscape, taking into account any curves and edges.

Think about what would happen if water sprayed past the edges of your sidewalks, garden beds, and more. Would it be OK, or would it cause damage? If you need to keep it contained, spray heads or rotary nozzles would be your better option.

How many times have your driven past a home or commercial property and seen more water on the road – and your car – than actually on the lawn? This isn’t just a waste of water and money, but leaves the lawn and grounds at risk of damage by over or under-watering. Getting a proper irrigation system with the correct fittings and optimised for location and pressure is the best way to save waste and keep your garden healthy!

Irrigation requirements are one of the important elements of a beautiful landscape solution. If you’re interested in taking your lawn to the next level, we’d love to help.

Our experts can install, check and fix or optimise whatever irrigation system you have or need, so get in touch today!

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How to Keep your Lawn Happy This Winter https://reticulationperth.com/how-to-keep-your-lawn-happy-this-winter/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 02:00:25 +0000 https://reticulationperth.com/?p=366 Winter Is Coming; and knowing the right winter lawn care strategies during this colder season could make or break the look of your lawn now, and as we head into spring. An automatic irrigation system is the perfect way to keep things green during summer, but what happens when you have to turn it off in winter- and […]

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Winter Is Coming; and knowing the right winter lawn care strategies during this colder season could make or break the look of your lawn now, and as we head into spring.

An automatic irrigation system is the perfect way to keep things green during summer, but what happens when you have to turn it off in winter- and how do you then keep your lawn happy and healthy?

Here are some of our experts tips for Winter lawn care:

1. Don’t Stop Mowing

I know we are in Perth and a dramatic temperature change doesn’t happen, but it is already getting chilly, especially at night, leaves are falling and you’re looking at winter ahead with a little bit of dread in your heart.

But although you want to hide inside from the chill, this doesn’t mean it’s time to stop mowing. In fact, keep it up.

As it gets colder, start dropping that mower blade lower for the last two cuttings.

This gets the crowns of the grass and the soil more access to the precious sunlight. And there will be less of the top to die and weigh down the stalks.

But, don’t trim off more than 1/3 of the grass leaf at a time. This isn’t good for your grass.

2. Aerate Like A Boss

Aeration helps rain water get down to the roots of your grass to get the best lawn.

If you do this you’re helping your lawn have access to every bit of water it needs for the winter and will prepare it for the spring when it gets drier and warmer again.

If you really want to help your lawn get the most out of aeration in the warmer months, install a water irrigation system too. This gives your lawn the best chance of accessing the right amount of water it needs, when it needs it.

Doing this will help you have the best lawn in the neighborhood.

3. Rake Those Leaves

If you let your leaves stay on the lawn two things will happen.

One, you’ll have a nasty, slimy mess to walk through during winter, and to clean up come spring time. And two, your lawn won’t have as much access to the sunshine, air and water it needs.

Your lawn uses photosynthesis to stay green and healthy . This turns the sun’s energy into nutrients the plant needs to grow and stay alive, so if it gets covered up with leaves, this won’t happen.

If you don’t want to use good old-fashioned elbow grease to rid your lawn of leaves, get a mulching mower. These mowers suck up the leaves multiple times over and turn them into particles. This is actually good for your lawn, and acts as an organic mulch which your lawn will love – just don’t cover it too densely otherwise we are back to points one and two above!

4. Fertilize For A Happy Winter Lawn

Your grass needs food just like you do. This food for grass is fertiliser. Fertiliser contains essential chemicals grasses use to stay healthy.

Use fertiliser that promote healthy root growth but wait till mid Autumn to do this and don’t miss a spot.

Conclusion:

A healthy lawn is a beautiful thing. Don’t let it go to waste because you skipped its Autumn maintenance.

If you think it’s time for a water irrigation system this fall, contact us. We’ll help you out.

 

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Why You Need Smart Irrigation for Your Low Maintenance Lawn https://reticulationperth.com/why-you-need-smart-irrigation-for-your-low-maintenance-lawn/ Fri, 07 Jul 2017 01:57:47 +0000 https://reticulationperth.com/?p=360 The average homeowner spends about $690 every year on taking care of their lawns, and can spend up to 70 hours every year on lawn maintenance! That’s a significant chunk of your time. If you’d like to save some of that time and money, without sacrificing the look of your lawn, a smart irrigation system can help. In this […]

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The average homeowner spends about $690 every year on taking care of their lawns, and can spend up to 70 hours every year on lawn maintenance! That’s a significant chunk of your time.

If you’d like to save some of that time and money, without sacrificing the look of your lawn, a smart irrigation system can help.

In this post, we’re explaining the top 5 reasons why you need to consider smart irrigation as a low maintenance lawn care alternative.

1. Lower Bills

Of course, money is always a main motivator, and rightly too. Why wouldn’t you try to save if you can?

A smart irrigation system cuts down on your water use, which lowers your utility costs.

This is because it only uses the amount of water needed to care for your lawn and garden – no more.

How often have you seen reticulation systems merrily sprinkling away in a full downpour? Such a frustrating waste of water!

A smart irrigation system uses sensors to monitor the level of moisture already in the soil and adjusts its output accordingly, including turning off on days when it rains.

This won’t just help to save you money, it’s also a wonderful way to stop wasting water.

2. Predicts the Weather

Don’t you hate it when you spend a weekend afternoon watering your plants and lawn, only to have it rain that evening or the next day?green grass blades after raining in Perth

A smart system uses data from weather predictions to help decide when to water your lawn and how much water to use. So it doesn’t just turn off during rain – it anticipates and reschedules accordingly.

This won’t just save you time, it will also stop your lawn from getting soggy and over-watered.

3. Cuts Down On Water Storage Needs

Especially if you have a larger lawn and gardens, it can get expensive to store and transport water throughout your property. Not to mention that moving hoses around, swapping nozzles, and trying to tidy it all away after using gets old very quickly.

Since your system will help you to lower the amount of water you use when you take care of your lawn, you will no longer need to store as much water. That’s a huge savings, and it may help to lower your property taxes.

Living in Perth with water restrictions and rules, it can be difficult to also have a healthy green garden, so investing in a smart irrigation system can actually become a major advantage for us Perth gardeners.

4. It’s Just Easiertap dripping in Perth garden

You don’t have to micro-manage your smart lawn system. It does the hard work for you and even turns on and off automatically.

How often have you accidentally forgotten to turn off your sprinklers?

How much water have you wasted because you didn’t turn off your hose or tap all the way, and didn’t realize it until a few days later?

Spend your time doing more important things, and let your smart system take care of everything else.

5. Protect Our Water Supply

With so much concern over climate change, we need to do whatever we can to protect our local communities water sources and supplies. Especially in our hot and drought-prone Perth.

A smart system ensures that everyone can water their lawns in your neighborhood, and it may even inspire others to go green.

If you can help reduce your community’s water waste, you’ll avoid having limits placed on how often you can water.

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Ready To Look Into Smart Irrigation?

Now that you know all the reasons why you need to give it a shot, you’re probably wondering where you can go to get quality products and services.

We’re here to help!

We offer lots of lawn and garden maintenance solutions that can lower your energy use and keep your lawn looking spectacular.

Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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Our Guide to Home Irrigation Systems https://reticulationperth.com/our-guide-to-home-irrigation-systems/ Fri, 26 May 2017 23:54:47 +0000 https://reticulationperth.com/?p=372 There’s nothing like fresh green grass in the summertime. When the temperatures are inviting you outside, it’s nice to have a lush, green landscape to look at in your yard. Unfortunately, maintaining this landscape can be a challenge. This is where a home irrigation system comes in. Having sprinklers to do your watering automatically will […]

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There’s nothing like fresh green grass in the summertime. When the temperatures are inviting you outside, it’s nice to have a lush, green landscape to look at in your yard. Unfortunately, maintaining this landscape can be a challenge.

This is where a home irrigation system comes in. Having sprinklers to do your watering automatically will make maintaining your landscape easier. Even though you can expect some upfront costs and installation, it will be worth it for years of watering.

If you are curious or thinking about buying an irrigation system, this article is going to cover all the basics you need to know to make the right decision. It’s important to know what goes into a residential system, how it’s installed, and things you need to consider before purchasing one.

What Is Residential Irrigation?

A residential irrigation system is simply a bunch of pipes and sprinkler heads dug into the ground, either a drip-line system which delivers the water directly to the roots and doesn’t need the pop-ups, or a sprinkler system with pop-ups which come out of the ground and visibly water the lawn. They both deliver water out to the grass on a regular and programmed basis. They make it easy for owners to set the appropriate time and frequency their grass is watered.

Irrigation systems like this are great for consistent watering. They also make it possible to water at night and early morning when less water will be lost due to evaporation. If you happen to travel frequently on holiday in the summer months, this is also a convenient method to make sure your grass is well taken care of and you return to a healthy green lawn.

Finding the right residential irrigation system requires a bit of knowledge and research. The installation process requires some digging into your lawn, which will cost time and money. It’s best to make the right decision the first time so you aren’t having to dig up your lawn to fix mistakes.

Having a professional install your irrigation system with high-quality materials will save you money in the long-run.

If you suspect there is a leak or breakage in your system it can be a complicated and invasive process to fix – so invest that little bit extra in your system for peace of mind!

Equipment

Residential irrigation systems are made up of several different components that are designed to deliver water to the grass. The most important part of the whole system are the pipes. These pipes irrigation system install perth reticulationconnect all the individual elements.

Pipes are connected to the home’s water supply or to a bore and then branch out towards the watering heads. Sprinkler heads will be placed throughout the yard to cover all of the grass with water. These come in two varieties: fixed and rotating.

There are other smaller parts such as valves (solenoids) and control systems that you will be required to get familiar with as well. If you find anything confusing or don’t understand the purpose of something, research or ask the installation specialist. It’s important to have a clear idea of what you are buying ahead of time before anything is installed.

Installation

Since installation of any home irrigation system requires the digging of trenches in the yard, it is best done when there is no grass on the surface. Most new homes either come with a home irrigation system as a standard or extra option and will be installed ahead of time before the grass itself.installing reticulation system Perth reticulation services

If you already have grass, it is still possible to install an irrigation system. Any grass that is ripped up and dugout will have to be replaced, but this is a minimal task in order to have consistent watering.

The installation process itself is fairly straightforward. The professionals will dig trenches throughout the yard. They will most likely mark the location of future sprinkler heads ahead of time before breaking any ground. Once everything is dug out, they will lay the piping in, install the sprinkler heads, and connect everything to the main water source. They will then cover everything up and make any repairs to the existing grass if necessary.

Considerations

If you’re thinking about installing your own home irrigation system, there are several things to think about as you are planning out the system. No system is identical to another.

The most important influence is the surroundings in the yard. Things like tree roots, the house foundation, and other underground obstacles will have to be considered. It is best to map out and find these potential obstacles ahead of time so you aren’t damaging equipment or pipes as you install the system.

Your intended use is also an important factor to think about. Each irrigation system is designed for a particular amount of use. For example, if you plan on watering your lawn a couple times a week, you’ll be able to pick equipment that isn’t designed for more strenuous activity.

The coverage of the yard will need to be planned out ahead of time. Since some yards have odd angles, curves, and other sections that aren’t easily covered by a single head, you will need to determine what types of sprinkler heads you will need for optimal placement. For rotating heads, in particular, you will want to determine the best aim and arc of rotation.

Finally, you think about how you plan to winterise your system for the colder months. Even if you live in a temperate environment during these months, it is very easy to do damage to the system if water is allowed to linger in the pipes.

Cold temperatures, in particular, can cause permanent internal damage to pipes if they freeze. Usually, the only solution for this kind of damage is a partial or complete replacement of the connections. Sprinkler heads can also take damage if water droplets are left to freeze them.

Again, having a professional do the install means they will safely install the system without damage to your garden and plants, test the irrigation system for complete coverage, and be able to programme the system correctly for your location and requirements.

Getting A Good System

Making the right decisions requires a bit of knowledge and research ahead of time. This process, however, doesn’t have to be difficult as long as you have the right resources. Talking to an expert will help you have an idea of the time and cost involved, and they will be able to advise you on the best system for your needs.

Having a person or company to handle the more complicated matters is also important. Professionals exist for a reason. Unless you have extensive experience with residential irrigation systems, it is best to leave the main work to these professionals.

If you want to install a home irrigation system, we can help. Check out the services we offer or feel free to get in touch for more information.

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5 Reasons to Buy a Smart Irrigation System https://reticulationperth.com/5-reasons-to-buy-a-smart-irrigation-system/ Sun, 21 May 2017 23:59:58 +0000 https://reticulationperth.com/?p=363 Are you growing frustrated with re-arranging your daily schedule just so you can take care of your lawn? A smart irrigation system can help! A great irrigation system provides you with a variety of garden benefits that make your life easier. If you need convincing, here are 5 of our favourite benefits of a smart irrigation system… 1. […]

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Are you growing frustrated with re-arranging your daily schedule just so you can take care of your lawn?

A smart irrigation system can help! A great irrigation system provides you with a variety of garden benefits that make your life easier.

If you need convincing, here are 5 of our favourite benefits of a smart irrigation system…

1. It Saves You Time

The average homeowner spends 70 hours a year on taking care of their lawns.

Let’s be honest: wouldn’t you rather be doing something else with your time?

A smart irrigation system can help.

That’s because you set your irrigation system once, and from then on it turns on and off automatically, and does all the “research” on when to water your lawn for you.

Plus, because it can be difficult to tell how much water your lawn really needs, you often spend more time than you actually need to on taking care of your lawn and garden.

In addition to wasting time, this can also lead to over-watering – bad for your garden and wallet greenery!

2. It Saves You Water

The average person uses about 166 litres of water every single day.

This amount isn’t just bad for your bill – it’s also not great for the environment especially in dry places like Perth.

These days, we’re all looking for ways to lower our environmental impact, and we also know garden hose watering perth irrigation how much water is used when watering by hand – over-watering, run-off, drips and leaks…

A smart irrigation system can help.

It uses data from local weather centres to take into consideration when it’s going to rain, preventing you from essentially wasting a lawn’s worth of water.

It also knows exactly how much water to use, so you won’t be wasting any water supply.

Your lawn can still look stunning with a lowered impact on the environment.

3. It Saves You Money

We’re all looking for ways to cut down on our water bills every month.

We know you’ve probably accidentally left your sprinklers on overnight, or failed to turn your tap all the way off.

These little accidents can have a pretty big impact on your bill!

Plus, because a smart system knows exactly how much water you need, you won’t waste water and drive up your costs.

Spend that money on more important things, like vacations or dinners out with family.

4. It Saves You Storage Space

Especially if your home is already a bit more cramped than you’d like, the last thing you want to have to worry about is where to store your water supply.Garden hoses tangled watering Perth

A smart irrigation system uses less water, which means that you won’t need an enormous tank that takes up valuable space, or worse, a long tangled garden hose to trip over and roll and un-roll daily!

5. It Keeps Track of Your Watering Schedule

Between working, taking care of your kids, and trying to find time to actually relax, it can be easy to forget when you last watered your lawn.

Here in Perth, there are specific times of the day and the week you are allowed to water – which means your schedule has to fit with the allocated watering days and times. Find your allocated watering days here. With an automated irrigation system, you simply set and forget – and just check seasonally to optimise. Easy.

Also, a lawn irrigation system with smart technology remembers exactly when you last watered. It also keeps track of when you’ll need to water again, and turns on automatically.

No more letting your lawn go thirsty because you can’t remember if you watered it last week.

Instead, let an irrigation system handle your garden maintenance calendar for you.

Ready to Get a Smart Irrigation System?

installing irrigation system Perth ReticulationNow that you know the five incredible benefits that a tech-savvy irrigation system offers, we’re sure you’re ready to get your own!

That’s where we come in.

Take control of your lawn again with our expert irrigation systems and services. Our professionals can tailor-install a system that suits exactly what your garden needs, then maintain and optimise throughout the year for total lawn care.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about what we offer.

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How to Improve Your Garden with Water Wise Irrigation https://reticulationperth.com/how-to-improve-your-garden-with-water-wise-irrigation/ Fri, 14 Apr 2017 12:35:57 +0000 https://reticulationperth.com/?p=357 If you’ve got a green thumb, you care about your garden. But a normal sprinkler or just walking around with a hose won’t cut it. This is especially true if you have a large garden. You need a water irrigation system that will stop you wasting water and look after your garden even when you aren’t around. […]

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If you’ve got a green thumb, you care about your garden.

But a normal sprinkler or just walking around with a hose won’t cut it. This is especially true if you have a large garden.

You need a water irrigation system that will stop you wasting water and look after your garden even when you aren’t around.

Did you know that in Western Australia we use around 40% of our drinking water in the gardens?

Those are horrendously large numbers, so it’s time we started becoming water-wise and implementing waterwise irrigation.

1. Deliver Water To The Root Zone With WaterWise Irrigation

One of the greatest inventions in gardening were the soaker hose and drip irrigation systems.

These systems allow a good 90% of the water to get to your plants’ roots. Compare this to the 40-50% that gets to your plants’ roots with a sprinkler system of some sort.drip line watering system Perth

You’re looking to reduce evaporation and keep those areas between plants dry. If you can do this, you minimize weed growth as well. The weed seeds have no moisture to help them spawn and take root in your soils.

You can do this with an automated, drip line irrigation system. Make sure to have it professionally installed and optimised so you know it meets all your gardens needs, and is getting the right amount of water everywhere it is needed.

2. Add Organic Matter To Your Soils

All soil is permissible, but not all soil is beneficial. Too bad that’s not actually a gardening proverb. But you can go ahead and write it down.

Sand and clay are probably the worst soils to plant in on the face of the earth. One is like a sieve, the other is like a sponge. And neither of them are great at getting the water to your roots. But if you live here in Perth like we do, you are all too familiar with both.

If you’re going to install a waterwise irrigation system, it pays to make your soil ready to accept the water you’re putting in it.fallen leaves garden mulch PerthAdd organic matter to the soil to enrich it.

Leaves, compost, manures, all of these things will improve the texture of your soil and increase the water holding capacity.

Make sure you add an inch every year. It’s really good for those plants.

Organic mulch is great for cutting water needs, even when you have a waterwise irrigation system installed.

These mulches will increase that humidity around your plants by retaining water.

Read here for a great article on the benefits of mulch in your garden here in Perth.

Conclusion: Get A Waterwise Irrigation System

Like we said at the beginning, your garden deserves all the water you put in it. And that’s why you need an efficient water system.

Don’t wait another minute. If you need a new waterwise irrigation system, contact us.

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https://reticulationperth.com/how-to-fight-patchy-grass-and-take-control-of-your-lawn/ Mon, 03 Apr 2017 11:52:30 +0000 https://reticulationperth.com/?p=297 Dry, patchy grass on your otherwise gorgeous lawn getting you down? If you’ve made the effort to cultivate a gorgeous lawn only to keep finding areas of dry patchy grass, you may be wondering why your lawn refuses to behave. There could be any number of reasons for this, but don’t despair, resolving the issue of patchy grass […]

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Dry, patchy grass on your otherwise gorgeous lawn getting you down?

If you’ve made the effort to cultivate a gorgeous lawn only to keep finding areas of dry patchy grass, you may be wondering why your lawn refuses to behave.

There could be any number of reasons for this, but don’t despair, resolving the issue of patchy grass on your lawn could be easier than you think – read on for how…

You’ll want to first consider the source of your problem.

Poor soil – Nutrient deficiencies

All soil is not created equal.

It may be a matter of an overly compacted area, a lack of nutrients, builders wastes may have been ‘forgotten’ here, or sometimes it’s just the every-day Perth gardener’s battle against our sandy soil.

So when it comes to eradicating those patchy grass spots you often need to look deeper than the surface problem and check your soil for nutrient deficiencies. soil with planted seedlings perth garden

Soil pH naturally changes over time in even the most well-kept lawns, affecting nutrient availability.

Getting a soil test will confirm if your soil has become too alkaline or acidic. And then depending on whether you have sandy soil or clay soil, you’ll be able to determine what sort of treatment you’ll need to lower or increase your soil pH.

Once you establish what your soil is lacking you can help it provide the right nutrients to grow a healthy lawn.

Pests and bugs

Those dry, patchy spots might also be caused by pests.

The most common pests are:

  • White Curl Grubs – The grub feeds on the root of the grass which leads to the grass drying out.
  • Cutworms – They get their name from their feeding habits of chewing the stems of lawn grasses and plants. In large quantities they may be very destructive to lawns.
  • Army Worms – Commonly referred as lawn grubs, this caterpillar feeds at night and hides at soil level during the day which makes it difficult to identify. They lay large quantities of eggs and develop very quickly so swift action is required.
  • Black Lawn Beetles – Also called African Black Beetles, they are quite often blamed for the damage to lawns but in most cases something else is to blame.

Not enough organic matter

When mowing your lawn, it’s a good idea to sometimes give your lawn an extra boost by leaving the clippings behind as a type of organic top-dressing.lawn mower perth cutting grass

If your clippings are 20mm or less, or if your mower has a mulching capacity, then ditch the bag on your mower and let them rest on the lawn. While decomposing they’ll help to feed and protect your lawn’s roots and soil. Organic matter such as clippings or mulch supply a lot of the nutrients your lawn needs.
You want to bag your mower if your lawn is tall or if it has tons of weeds, since bagging those weeds will keep them from spreading.

Faulty irrigation system

If you have a sprinkler system that’s been around for a while, it might not be performing optimally.

It’s a good idea to regularly check your system to make sure it is in good working order and providing adequate coverage to your section. Checking it seasonally to make sure it isn’t over or under-watering is also highly recommended.

Turn on the reticulation and then walk around the lawn. Pay special attention to the sprinklers around any of those grassy patches and look for those that are not spraying correctly.

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To correctly assess the efficiency of your irrigation system you will need to do a catch test. Have a look at this video from the water corporation or contact an expert for more info.

Any sprinklers that are not spraying may need to be removed from the ground, disassembled, cleaned and reinstalled, or checked for pressure issues or leaks. A professional from Reticulation Perth can help you with this.

If cleaning the sprinklers doesn’t work, you’ll want to replace the irrigation system with a new one. Especially if you’ve had the system for a long time and it wasn’t installed by a professional. Alternatively you may want to look at changing your nozzles and sprinklers to more efficient ones like the Hunter Mp rotator nozzles.

Ready to get rid of patchy grass?

Smarter irrigation systems are available these days to save water while saving you money, and with the installation or optimisation of your irrigation system, those brown patches should soon be gone.

If you would like a professional to come assess your lawn, check or install your reticulation system, or offer expert advice – give us a call.

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