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Reticulation - 4 things you should be doing this summer

In Western Australia, a staggering 40% of our water is consumed by our gardens, a concerning statistic that requires a collective effort to reduce. Fortunately, maintaining a green lawn and healthy plants does not have to mean excessive water usage. To optimise your irrigation system and conserve water, here are 4 essential steps to follow.

  1. Consider installing a water-wise irrigation system. By using an irrigation controller, you can easily manage your water consumption. These controllers can be programmed to adjust watering schedules based on the season, and you can even add a rain sensor to prevent watering during rainy weather. This approach is especially crucial in the dry climate of Perth, not only for environmental reasons but also for cost savings.

  2. Select the appropriate sprinkler for your specific needs. Your irrigation system, whether it's a bore or scheme, has limitations on the flow rate and pressure it can deliver. For optimal performance, it is important to use the same brand and type of sprinkler pop-ups and nozzles throughout your system. Each application requires a specific type of nozzle with its own flow rate to function effectively within your system. Mixing different types of sprinklers may lead to performance issues, as each is designed to work best with a particular flow rate.

  3. Maintaining your reticulation system is crucial to avoid costly issues. It's highly recommended to schedule annual servicing to ensure all components are in good condition. Check for blocked nozzles, adjust sprinklers to the right height, and ensure even coverage across your entire garden. This maintenance is especially important in Perth's climate.

  4. Follow Water Corporation's rules for garden watering in Perth. These rules include specific times for watering (before 9am and after 6pm) and designated watering days based on your location. Also, remember that there is a winter sprinkler ban in place from June 1st to August 31st each year. If you break these rules, you could be fined $100.

If you're uncertain, consider bringing in experts. Several companies in Perth provide irrigation services and landscaping advice. Ensure that the landscaping company you choose has positive reviews. Littleloads takes pride in being a top provider of gardening supplies that promote water conservation. Need help with gardening supplies to save water and maintain your garden? We're here to help. Reach out to us today!


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