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Installing Waterwise Reticulation in Perth

Installing Waterwise Reticulation in Perth
August 22, 2016 Luke Porter
ProLine Feature
SmartLine Feature images

So you want to reticulate your garden, but you want to save water and money at the same time?

Well here’s how we do Reticulation Installation in Perth at Luke’s Landscaping Co.:

Firstly, we like to use a good quality controller. The Weathermatic SmartLine or ProLine controllers are two of our most popular currently. Both of these controllers can help you to save a whole lot of water with their great features, such as the “Monthly % Adjust”. The “Monthly % Adjust” allows you to set the controller to automatically water more in summer, and less in winter and spring. It can even set the controller completely off in winter without you needing to touch a button. We can install rain sensors on both controllers.

Additionally, the Weathermatic SmartLine can be set to “Smart” mode and connect to a weather sensor. This weather sensor takes daily measurements of the weather and then makes real time adjustments to the watering program. If there’s a rainy day, the system will shut off for the next few days. If it’s especially hot, the controller will give your garden an extra drink. You can even program in the type of plants/lawn for each station (i.e. natives, cool season lawn), and it will water them according to their watering needs.

So you want to reticulate your garden, but you want to save water and money at the same time?

Well here’s how we do it at Luke’s Landscaping and Irrigation Services:

ProLine Feature

Firstly, we like to use a good quality controller. The Weathermatic SmartLine or ProLine controllers are two of our most popular currently. Both of these controllers can help you to save a whole lot of water with their great features, such as the “Monthly % Adjust”. The “Monthly % Adjust” allows you to set the controller to automatically water more in summer, and less in winter and spring. It can even set the controller completely off in winter without you needing to touch a button. We can install rain sensors on both controllers.

SmartLine Feature images

Additionally, the Weathermatic SmartLine can be set to “Smart” mode and connect to a weather sensor. This weather sensor takes daily measurements of the weather and then makes real time adjustments to the watering program. If there’s a rainy day, the system will shut off for the next few days. If it’s especially hot, the controller will give your garden an extra drink. You can even program in the type of plants/lawn for each station (i.e. natives, cool season lawn), and it will water them according to their watering needs.

spinklers

Another fantastic product we like to use is the Hunter MP Rotator.

The Hunter MP Rotator is perfect for a waterwise reticulation system as it can save you up to 30% more water than a traditional “spray” type nozzle. The heavy droplets help to penetrate the wind and soil, as opposed to the misting effect of regular sprays that just blows all over the place. This means that the fully adjustable MP Rotators consistently hit their target areas, which in turn saves you a lot of water.

This genius sprinkler nozzle also applies the water at least twice as slowly as regular spray type nozzles, allowing the water more time to soak in, helping to prevent run off.

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Lastly, in the garden areas we often use waterwise drip line irrigation, at least as much as possible. It is more expensive to install but the benefits are fantastic. Now we know what you’re thinking… “They use drip line? Isn’t that the rubbish that’s always blocking up?” Well truth be told, yes it is – but only because it is so often installed incorrectly.

When installing drip line it is essential to have a disc filter, pressure regulator, flushing and air release valve. If these are all installed correctly the system should have no issues running correctly. Drip line runs on top of the soil and underneath a layer of mulch. By installing a line of drip line every 300mm we achieve “blanket” coverage of whole garden areas. All that’s left to do afterwards is to plant in between the rows and apply a healthy layer of mulch on top to lock the moisture in.

Here’s a picture of a correctly done Perth reticulation installation drip line system from one of our jobs in Karrinyup.

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Lastly, in the garden areas we often use waterwise drip line irrigation, at least as much as possible. It is more expensive to install but the benefits are fantastic. Now we know what you’re thinking… “They use drip line? Isn’t that the rubbish that’s always blocking up?” Well truth be told, yes it is – but only because it is so often installed incorrectly.

When installing drip line it is essential to have a disc filter, pressure regulator, flushing and air release valve. If these are all installed correctly the system should have no issues running correctly. Drip line runs on top of the soil and underneath a layer of mulch. By installing a line of drip line every 300mm we achieve “blanket” coverage of whole garden areas. All that’s left to do afterwards is to plant in between the rows and apply a healthy layer of mulch on top to lock the moisture in.

Here’s a picture of a correctly installed drip line system from one of our jobs in Karrinyup.

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So that’s how we at Luke’s Landscaping Co., do waterwise reticulation installation in Perth. If you would like a free quote for a new system, or even just some tips if you’re a DIYer, then don’t hesitate to contact us.

Here are some links if you would like to know more about the products we use.

http://www.weathermatic.com/products/smartline-controller
http://www.weathermatic.com/products/proline
http://www.hunterindustries.com/en-metric/irrigation-product/nozzles/mp-rotator

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Founder and Director | Having founded Luke’s Landscaping originally as a sole trader in 2008 with just a ute, a shovel and a whole lot of passion and determination, Luke’s Landscaping Co. is now a well-respected Perth landscaping company. Luke continues to work tirelessly to grow the company and his team to deliver excellence and the best experience for our customers. Luke’s passion lies in his commitment to growing the company, its people and the systems required to deliver the high standards that our customers deserve.