Its Spring!

Its Spring!

And that means that your reticulation can be switched back on. We have had a few warmer days lately and there are plenty more to come.

While you don’t need to turn your retic on right away, be sure to check your retic controller now so that its good to go when the hot weather arrives.

And if you have a problem then call me and I will get there to help you out

Converting From Community Bore to Mains in ‘The Green’, Butler

If you live in The Green Estate in Butler then you will probably have experienced the frustration most people do at not being able to control your own reticulation.

You can only run tests at short times on a Saturday morning and no one can service your retic except for the designated company who charge an arm and a leg.

This week I did my first conversion job in that area. I’m surprised I haven’t done more as I know the frustration people feel. This one was a direct change over which involved:

  • a cut in by a plumber
  • a new controller to replace the existing ‘locked’ version
  • re-routing pipe and wiring to suit

Its all done now and working perfectly.

You can also have the option of running the two systems side by side with manual valves to switch from one to the other, so that if your bore goes down (as has happened) then you simply switch to mains and keep watering your lawn. Or if you wish to give your lawn more water than the 20 minutes you get from the bore then you can DIY and ensure your lawn stays green.

The run times for MP rotators can be seen below and generally speaking you need to allow close to an hour to apply 10mls of water rather than just 20 minutes.

If you’d like a quote on either changing to mains supply water or making your retic a dual system then give me a call on 0400044236

 

How Long Should My Sprinklers Be On For?

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This is not what you want your lawn to look like!

Currently the Water Authority is advertising on TV that sprinklers should be on for 10 minutes per station, which is somewhat misleading. I had a client recently send me this photo of her new lawn saying she is struggling to keep it alive on the Water Authority’s recommendations.

I’m not surprised. She has Toro Precision nozzles which need to run for 30 minutes each time operate to apply 10mls.

So here’s the deal…

Sprinkler run times depend on the types of sprinklers used.

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 12-15 minutes to apply 10mls.

Toro precision nozzles need to be left on for around 30 mins to get the same result. Then there are the MP Rotators which need 45-60 mins to deliver 10mls.

There are specs for each type of sprinkler available from the manufacturers or your retic guy can help you make sense of it. Here’s an example of how to find the answer. The chart shows that PGP needs to be on for 60 mins to apply 10ml.

The important thing is to remember that not all sprinklers deliver water at the same rate. If you aren’t sure then just give me a call.

Saving Water with Your Retic Controller

This is the latest Water Authority campaign and it lets us know we have had an unusually hot and dry start to spring and summer so our dams are sitting very low.

If you can drop 2 minutes off your watering time you will help out!

Just call if you need help

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Almost half of household water is being used on our gardens. And it’s only getting hotter – so we need to act now.

Please join others and reduce sprinkler run times by just 2 minutes per station. So we can all avoid wasting more precious water. 

Water saving tips for the garden

Icon of clock faceWater either before 9am or after 6pm
Watering early is best as it allows the water to soak to the roots and be available to plants throughout the day when they need it most. And remember, only water once on your rostered watering days.

Icon of soil with wetting agent in itImprove your soil
Good soil is the foundation of a waterwise garden, but sandy soil is common in WA and has a low water and nutrient holding capacity. Use soil improvement products and wetting agents to reduce water loss.

Icon of mulch in a wheelbarrowUse mulch in your garden
Apply 5–10cm of a chunky, waterwise mulch to significantly reduce evaporation loss and save water. It’s like sunscreen for the soil and can also reduce weed growth and improve the look of your garden.

Icon of plants in a gardenChoose waterwise plants
These are suitable for our climate and can live with less water. Group plants with similar watering needs so you can water efficiently, or get creative and transform the lawn on your verge into a waterwise garden.

Time to Turn Your Retic Off For Winter

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In case you weren’t aware all reticulation needs to be switched off as of June 1st and until Aug 31st.

For most controllers it is a simple matter of turning the dial to ‘off’ and ensuring the sprinklers don’t run. If you continue to run your retic over winter then you will get fined around $150.00

If you aren’t sure how to switch the system off then give us a call and we’ll try and talk you thru it over the phone.

 

My Reticulation Controller Died Over Winter

Its the time of year when everyone turns their sprinklers back on and inevitably some of you will discover that your controller that has served you well up until now has given up the ghost.

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If you have a blank display then make sure it is plugged in, make sure you haven’t blown a fuse or tripped an RCD and if that’s the case then its most likely that the digital panel has failed on you.

If you are in the northern suburbs then we can assist you by changing it over promptly and at a fair price. We aim to do all controller work within 3-4 business days so that you can be back watering your lawn and garden as soon as possible. (If significant extra service work is required then we may need to return at a later date).

We have a valid restricted electrical license and full public liability cover so we won’t need to charge you extra to get an electrician on the job.

A typical 4-6 station Hunter X Core controller is $320.00 inc GST supplied and fitted and an 8 station is $340.00