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Learn Reticulation Installation from the Perth Experts

Learn Reticulation Installation from the Perth Experts
August 20, 2018 Luke Porter


Here at Luke’s Landscaping we install a number of different reticulation systems and brands. Here is just one example of one type of  retic system we commonly install for home residential properties. Please note we install many other types of systems and products and this is just an example

Reticulation Installation Guide By Luke's Landscaping Co.
Reticulation Installation Guide By Luke's Landscaping Co.

When completing your retic Installation we will proceed in the following manner

  • Our licensed plumber will install a cut in just after the water meter. He will install a dual check, non-return valve from the reticulation cut in so water cannot flow back from the reticulation system into the mains water. This valve is a legal requirement from the Water Corporation for all new reticulation installations.The plumber will also install an emergency isolation tap after the dual check valve. This is a manual tap that can shut off the water supply to the reticulation without cutting water to the rest of the property. This manual valve would be used in the case of a leak in the reticulation system.
  • Our licensed electrician will hardwire a new  Rainbird controller to the wall. Low voltage wiring will be run from the controller to the solenoid valves. The controller sends the valves signals to turn off and on through this wiring. The wiring will be run through the wall cavity and out into the ground at the base of the wall. The wiring ‘which is in a core not single strand’ will be taped underneath the PVC main line or be housed in conduit until it reaches the solenoids. This will protect the wiring from potential damage when digging in the garden.
  • We will install a master solenoid valve at the point where the plumber has installed a cut in. This valve is specially rated to hold mains pressure. It will only open and allow water through to the retic system when one of the solenoids is activated via the reticulation control box. This means the system will never be under pressure which increases the risk of pipes bursting and losing large volumes of water. If the system is ever damaged, the master solenoid ensures that it only leaks when the reticulation turns on for its scheduled cycle, instead of leaking 24 hours a day. This greatly minimizes the damage and potential water loss that can arise from any leaks to your system.
  • The solenoid valves control the different irrigation zones via a signal from the controller. Each valve is housed inside a valve box with a green lid. We install these boxes with the top 50mm visible in the garden areas to allow for easy access and maintenance. In the lawn areas these boxes sit with the lids flush with the lawn.
  • 20mm PVC is run from the lawn solenoids to the pop up sprinklers. 19mm LD poly pipe will be run from the garden solenoids to the garden sprinklers.
Reticulation Installation Guide By Luke's Landscaping Co.
Reticulation Installation Guide By Luke's Landscaping Co.

Lawn sprinkler set up


  • We will install 100mm pop up sprinklers with waterwise Hunter MP Rotator nozzles in the lawn areas. They will be installed on either side of the lawn throwing to each other for head to head coverage. Where needed we will install the pop up sprinklers in the centre of the lawn area for full coverage.
  • Each pop up connects to the PVC pipe via articulated risers. These articulated risers protect the PVC from damage and allow for easy adjustment of each pop up’s height.
  • Each pop up sprinkler will be 25mm below the surface of the lawn and at least 50mm away from the surrounding surfaces. This helps to protect the sprinklers from edging and mowing.
  • MP Rotators are a waterwise sprinkler head with a low precipitation application, saving up to 30% water. With the multi trajectory stream they are wind resistant and unlike your traditional sprays can be run for 3 times as long thus applying water slowly and uniformly, reducing runoff and allowing the water to soak in further. They have a “double pop” design, flushing on startup & shutdown which keeps sprinklers free from debris. MP Rotators can also run on half the mains water pressure than your traditional sprays, allowing you to have double the amount of sprinklers on a station.
Reticulation Installation Guide By Luke's Landscaping Co.
Reticulation Installation Guide By Luke's Landscaping Co.

Garden sprinkler set up


  • For sprays we commonly use MP Rotators or standard nozzles on risers with smaller micro sprays for tiny areas.
  • We prefer to use  subsurface dripline where possible. We install the Subsurface drip line to the following prepared garden areas. We will space the dripline in 30cm intervals for blanket area coverage, and with the water omitting out of each hole it soaks deep down reaching the roots.
  • Each dripline station will have one air release valve, one pressure regulator and one Arkal disk filter. There will be at least one flushing valve on every station.
  • The dripline will lay flat on the ground and is designed to have 100mm of mulch installed after installation. This is the owner’s responsibility to install the mulch unless we have otherwise arranged.
  • This system is waterwise and is very effective at minimizing water loss and evaporation.

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  • Our terrace house had a sad and seldom used rear courtyard which has absolutely no access other than via our living areas. This we thought would be a show-stopper but Luke’s landscaping had the expertise to take it on and swiftly provided us with a lovely design and costed implementation plan, which has simply transformed this area into a valuable extension of our living space. The construction work was carried out most diligently and despite having to transport removed debris, new limestone blocks and pavers, soil, mulch and many plants (including a very large tree) through our home, the professionalism of the whole process and the final cleanup left no sign of the major operation that had been undertaken, either internally or externally. Luke’s follow up on the project to address a couple of small issues has also been most helpful and certainly won’t hesitate in recommending Luke’s landscaping to others who have admired this transformed area! Thankyou.
  • Our front yard in Karrinyup was completely transformed in March 2015. In just one week, the team completed the job of removing what was there, replaced the topsoil, installed the reticulation and mulched with native plants. Four months on we are still so impressed with the job and delighted that we used Luke’s Landscaping. Highly recommended!

  • We contracted Luke's Landscaping to design and construct our gardens for our new build. This included reticulation, concrete formwork, paving, hard- and soft-scaping. They came up with a fantastic concept, planting suggestions and executed the project well. There has been a high level of quality control throughout the process. John was extremely helpful, and was able to solve all technical issues arising from such a complex project promptly. He was also able to source all of the exotic plants we required. They have been a pleasure to work with, and I would highly recommend their services.
    Paul, Applecross
  • Luke & his team did quite a large landscaping job for us. Lisa came up with a design that we loved & was involved from start to finish. Any little issues that came up along the way were dealt with quickly & efficiently. The quality of Mark’s work & his attention to detail were outstanding. We are thrilled with our new yard & highly recommend Luke’s Landscaping.
  • I could give Luke’s Landscaping a higher recommendation. They handled my front yard from design through to completion and I was so impressed by their work, attention to detail and communication at each step of the process. Such a great experience and I love coming home to my new front yard!
  • It was a pleasure working with John and the team to re-create my garden and patio area. John was extremely knowledgeable and offered expert advice. The on site team was professional, friendly and hard working. The site was left immaculate after the work was complete. This was a big job, taking 7 days to do (retaining walls, re-paving, garden, soakwells, reticulation etc) and the result is amazing. If you are looking for a quality, professional well priced job I would recommend you call Luke's Landscaping.
    Nicole, Duncraig

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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.