As a gardener, reticulation in Perth is always a concern to make the most of the water that we can use on our gardens. We are all well aware of how hot it can get here in the summer months, and it’s very important that we take care of our gardens without using going overboard on our water usage. It’s estimated that we use more than 40% of our household water on our gardens, so we need to make the most of it and conserve water wherever we can at the same time. Let’s take a look at how we can use a retic system more effectively.

Understanding Sprinkler Types and Running Times

There are many different types of sprinkler systems available to water your garden. It’s essential to make sure that you have a good system for your garden and you need to make sure you have enough outlets. Maximising sprinkler efficiency is the best way to make the most of your watering time without wasting water. The outlet on every sprinkler head needs to be clear and working as intended to ensure that you get the best possible coverage for your lawn and plants. The retic system needs to be running for the correct amount of time for the season to avoid over and under watering situations. If you notice that your lawn and pants are developing dry areas or there are patches of uneven growth it’s time to look at your retic system. It may be necessary to adjust the spacing and/or the alignment of the sprinkler heads. Perhaps the timings need to be adjusted because the weather has become hotter or cooler recently.

Effective Summer Lawn Care

When you water your lawn in summer, it’s important to set your retic system for prior to 9 am or after 6 pm on your designated watering days. Depending on your particular sprinkler model or available water pressure the retic system should be on for anywhere between 10 minutes to an hour. In order to make the most of this watering, it’s vital that you aerate your lawn throughout the summer months. This will allow the water to penetrate down to the roots of the lawn and allow for the maximum amount of absorption. If the soil is allowed to heat up and compact it may become hydrophobic and unable to take on any essential water. This will quickly kill an entire lawn during the summer, and this is why aeration is so important. Applying a soil improver or wetting agent at the start of the winter and summer will help the lawn to rejuvenate during the colder winter months. When you mow your lawn, do it early in the morning every 1-3 weeks as required. Always mow on a high setting to make sure there is adequate shade for the soil under the grass.

If you need retic in Perth, get in touch with Lukes Landscaping for expert help and advice.

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