Perth’s Retic Controller Specialist

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Have you lost the display on your control box? Have your sprinklers stopped coming on? Or is your controller just old and difficult to operate?

We can help you. New controllers start at $375.00 inc GST fully installed by a licensed electrician

Call 0400044236 or email here to make an appointment for Andrew to come and replace your old controller with one that works well. Or you can search through the archives of information on this site to try and find a solution for yourself.

What Type of Turf is Most Popular?

Everyone has their personal favourite. Some like the hardy but soft leaf type of buffalo – the Sir Walter in the picture above or Palmetto are the two most popular.

These are beautiful lawns and if looked after will really increase the value of your home.

Wintergreen is also a very nice lawn but with a finer leaf. The down side to wintergreen is its invasive nature, so you need to make sure your garden beds are protected as this lawn will get into them and if it is left unchecked will be very hard to get rid of.

Velveteen is a fine leaf couch but a bit more dense than wintergreen. It’s said that it is best for homes near the ocean, but I tend to feel that any lawn that is looked after will look good whether it’s close to the ocean or not.

The other that is very popular is Empire zoysia a mid sized leaf and a deep emerald green. If you are a lawn fanatic and willing to do the work to look after it then this is the lawn for you.

If you just want a lawn that will take care of itself then kikuyu may be the best choice for you!

Common Causes of Sprinklers Not Working

If your sprinklers are barely spraying then it will be one of a few issues.

The most likely is that the system has a leak and pressure is getting released at a point other than the nozzles. Most likely is that a riser has broken and needs replacing.

Another possibility is that all nozzles are blocked. Rather than trying to unblock them you’re probably better off just replacing them.

Another possibility is that the solenoid has seized and is partially shut. This is the least likely option.

So

a) check for leaks around the base of sprinklers.

b) remove a nozzle and check to see if there is good water pressure.

c) if neither of the above resolve the issue then you may need to check out the solenoid.

By a process of deduction you should be able to find the problem!

How to Use an Add a Station

If you ever find yourself in a situation where one of the wires to your solenoids has broken and you either can’t be bothered or are unable to find the break then ‘add a station’ is your friend!

By using this device you can make one power wire serve two solenoids, meaning you can either add a solenoid in a space where there is no access for new wires, or you can keep a solenoid operational by using the add a station on the functioning wire.

It’s saved a lot of people over the years and is one of the most useful retic devices I have come across.

Can I Install Reticulation While it is Raining?

Yeah you can.

But the pipes get crusty with sand and they are harder to cut and keep clean.

The green retic glue will still work even with a little water on it so you don’t need the two surfaces perfectly dry and clean – although that is preferable.

The biggest challenge of rainy days is definitely the sand that sticks to the pipes but just carry a towel and wipe the ends before joining and it should be fine!

After the Bobcat

I often get called to go in and fix the retic after the bobcat has been thru and done his work.

Today I was in Butler and the bobcat had smashed thru the main line, broken the wiring as well as ripping up most of the pipe down one side of the rear. It didn’t help that the area was full of roots and that the client wasn’t completely sure on where he wanted things to go… Add to that a 3 hour deadline and intermittent rain and it was potentially a difficult day.

But we got the main line repaired and wires reconnected. Then we worked together on the sprinklers to the rear and by 10.50am we were done.

It’s impossible to quote a job like this as you simply can’t estimate a cost when you don’t know how much damage is done. Fortunately it wasn’t too bad today and with two of us going hard we managed to get it ready for turf in a couple of days time.

Everything is fixable! It just takes time and patience as you track down the breaks and leaks.

Reticulation Servicing in Yanchep and Two Rocks

Yanchep is a lovely part of the world and is our homebase, so we love to work there.

Whether it’s a new installation of retic and turf or whether it’s a tune up of your existing system, we can be there promptly and will get the job done in fast time, with quality components and a guarantee to come back if there are any problems.

We have been operating now for 11 years and have developed an excellent reputation for top quality work and friendly, polite service at a fair price.

Should I Use Netafim Dripline on My Garden?

If you want to achieve maximum water efficiency then there is no question that Netafim Dripline is your friend!

Here is a job I did recently in Yanchep where new native plants had been installed and the client wanted to ensure minimal wastage of water. Now that the Dripline is in he can mulch the area.

If you are on a bore then you may like to consider ‘bore line ‘, similar but not pressured compensated – which usually isn’t an issue on a bore.

This dripline is extremely effective at dripping water right next to the plants and is designed to resist root invasion of the drip emitters.

While there is no digging involved in a project like this dripline is a more expensive product and generally works out a little more costly than sprays.

Should I Buy a Hydrawise Controller for My Retic?

I’d been using a very old Hydrawise controller for around 6 years when it suddenly decided to stop connecting to my wifi.

It was one of the original indoor models and it did the job fine, but when Hunter bought Hydrawise they did some work speccing up the controller to make it more user and contractor friendly.

By comparison with the old controller the new controllers have:

1. A designated master valve terminal

2. Larger and more accessible terminals making installing easier.

3. A sturdier outdoor casing.

4. An easier to read display

5. A stronger wifi connection.

All of these are significant improvements on the original model and as a result when I had the choice of any controller I chose to stay with the Hydrawise.

The app works really well and once installed the controller itself is pretty much set and forget.

Why Doesn’t My Retic Come On?!

If your retic doesn’t come on then it will usually be one of a few common problems.

1. The controller is faulty. If there is a display on the controller then it is less likely that this is the issue, but it could be a faulty terminal or circuit board.

2. The master solenoid has seized. It has got stuck shut and needs replacing.

3. There is a broken wire to the master solenoid or a broken common wire. If you have done some digging in the yard then you may have accidentally struck wires. They are only 24v so you won’t notice any ‘shock’, but it will stop the system working.

4. If you get an MV error then this let’s you know the coil on the master valve has problems and needs replacing.

Roots in Reticulation!

Sometimes your retic fails and you just can’t be bothered fixing it…

If that is the case then chances are that after a season or two roots will have infested the system and we will have to hey them out before it will work again.

Like anything in life – the longer you leave it the more costly and time consuming it is to repair.

So if you’ve been delaying on that fix you know that you need then give us a call now!