Do you provide a warranty?
We provide a full 12 month warranty on our labour. A manufacturers statutory warranty applies to all hardware. We only install quality components such as Rainbird, Hunter, Bermad, Rainbird, Toro, Irritrol and Netafim.
What are your payment methods?
Payment can be made by EFT, VISA or MasterCard (**1.8% surcharge payable) or cheque.
Can you provide a retic controller that is reliable and user friendly?
We usually install Rainbird ESP-RZX retic controllers for standard residential applications:
We also regularly install the Rainbird ESP-Me due to its capacity to control upto 24 stations. For remote control-ability via smart-phone we install the Hydrawise controller. More information…
It has just rained and my retic is scheduled to turn on. What can I do about this?
A rain detector will automatically switch your reticulation system off in the event of rain. Rain detectors are generally mounted on the edge of a gutter. Wireless versions are available which avoids having to run unsightly wires. We can install these for $250 plus GST.
The Wifi enabled Hydrawise controller will download local weather forecasts to make Predictive Watering™ adjustments on your controller. Hence your watering schedule will be automatically adjusted depending on factors such as temperature, humidity and rainfall. More information…
Paving or concrete is normally installed before retic and lawn. However, the retic’s main-line water pipes and wiring must be prelayed BEFORE any hard surfaces such as concrete, paving and retainer walls are installed. Specifically:
Try to get the builder to sort the soil levels with a bobcat when they are tidying the site at the end of the build. It is expensive getting this done afterwards! Note, for lawn areas, the soil needs to be about 30-40mm below surrounding hard edges such as concrete, paving and curbs.
How do I prepare the ground for new lawn or remove existing lawn?
Please refer to the FAQ section in our lawn page.
How to minimize retic electrical problems?
Poor sprinkler pressure may be due to a broken pipe or poor system design, such as narrow pipe or the use of too many sprinkler outlets on a given station.
Narrow piping is one of the common “mistakes” made by installers. 20mm PVC, or even worse, 19mm black poly are often installed throughout the retic system as a cost saving measure. 19mm black poly not only severely restrict flow rate but also causes a maintenance nightmare as it is highly susceptible to leaks – not only due to shovels but also their clamped junctions become loose. For these reasons we prefer to use 25mm PVC pipe throughout. It is very durable and helps prevent dry spots in your garden.
Sprinkler pressure can also be improved by:
Pop-ups should be positioned using “head-to-head” configuration. Not only does this ensure 100% coverage but also helps maximize water efficiency and minimize over-spray. “Head-to-head” essentially means that the sprinklers are spaced so that their spray just reaches the adjacent sprinkler. Now, sprinkler nozzles are specified to achieve a specific watering radius at a given pressure. Therefore, achieving head-to-head watering relies on matching both of these parameters.
Head-to-head watering is demonstrated in the diagram (right). Each red dot symbolizes a sprinkler. The red lines represent each sprinklers radius of coverage, and the numbers represent how many sprinklers water a given area. Hence, some areas are watered 4 times (i.e. by 4 sprinklers), others 3 times and some areas are “only” watered twice. This overlap of coverage (2, 3 or 4-fold) helps guarantee 100% coverage and no dead spots.
Surface drip-line and filtered 15mm outlets are probably the best alternative to micro spray retic:
This is the point where a retic system is connected to the mains water supply. For maximum pressure, it is preferable to locate this as close as possible to the water meter. A retic cut-in should possess a manual shut-off valve and back flow protection device (check valve).
By law, a cut-in must be conducted by a licensed plumber. This usually costs about $220 plus GST.
Master solenoids (do not confuse these with ‘station’ solenoids) are required for retic systems that utilize mains water supply. A master solenoid is screwed directly onto the retic cut-in and only permits water to flow into the retic system when the retic is operated. There are several reasons this is needed:
What is the optimum watering method for lawn areas?
If retic durability and maintenance are your key concern then gear drive sprinklers such as the Hunter PGP are advisable. Their body is large and robust and their turret pops up 100mm when watering, well clear of un-mowed grass. Their arc and range is highly adjustable and will spray to a 13 metre radius, which equates to less sprinklers and therefore less maintenance.
Where over spray needs to be avoided due to strong winds or bore iron stain, then it is worth considering MP Rotators. These spray a “stream” of water (like a syringe) which is resistant to being blown away by the wind. MP Rotators “consume” water at about one-third the rate of standard static nozzles and are therefore useful if the water supply’s flow rate is low.
Can I install a filter in my retic to prevent blocked micro sprayers?
Disc filters are easy to clean and will handle a much higher volume of dirt compared to regular screen filters. The filter unit is stored in a poly solenoid box for ease of identification and access for maintenance.
We can usually supply and fit these for about $150.
Need a manual for your retic controller or other components?
What are the rostered watering days for Perth?
The summer watering roster for Perth region is effective between 6pm and 9am from 1st Sept to 1st June:
Last digit of
Watering days for
scheme and bore
day for bore
0 Monday and Friday Wednesday
1 Wednesday and Saturday Monday
2 Sunday and Thursday Tuesday
3 Monday and Friday Wednesday
4 Tuesday and Saturday Thursday
5 Sunday and Wednesday Friday
6 Monday and Thursday Saturday
7 Tuesday and Friday Sunday
8 Wednesday and Saturday Monday
9 Sunday and Thursday Tuesday
What is the current cost of water in Perth, WA?
Given the cost of running garden irrigation, it has become important to install water wise retic. Water wise components will ensure water is placed where it is needed most, instead of being wasted on footpaths and roads!
The price of water is tiered i.e. the more you use, the more you pay. This is to help encourage the careful use of water. To find the latest price information please go to http://www.watercorporation.com.au/my-account/rates-and-charges.
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