Reticulation City Beach

Today the Property Care Guys did Reticulation Repairs in City Beach, a Western Suburb of Perth

We’ve done a LOT of work lately so not much time to write blogs.

Although the general economy is widely acknowledged as slow in W.A this past year (I personally see it is a recession in denial) we have grown considerably so recently our workload is about the same as last season with plenty of retic repairs and landscaping requests. So everything is working well despite the economy. 

Anyway, this customer reported her automatic retic system isn’t working and thinks the timer (control center) isn’t working as it should because it was coming on twice per day and can’t be reset via the button or reset code. She trusted us to leave her gate unlocked, avoiding having to leave work to come home to open it. (We can keep you updated by phone or msg about costs or hours estimated if requested) 

Luke our  main Technician on this job discovered as expected (customer right) a faulty controller which is very common and quoted up a price over the phone. He was immediately given the go ahead for a replacement unit being a new model Rainbird ESP-ME in which he also added a 3 station module to the box to compensate for the amount of solenoid valve stations being more than average, included in the price. Pop-up sprinklers, drip lines and micro-sprays were then checked and adjusted or flushed. The overall system was then tested as all good.

Contact PCG for all your landscaping needs! We not only do sprinkler systems and lawns, but now specialise in Waterwise Native Landscaping — keeping Aussie plants around. -Less pests, less issues, less stress, less money spent on your property while helping the environment at the same time!

Reticulation Repairs in Henderson

Today the Property Care Guys completed  Reticulation Repairs in Henderson, near Rockingham, South of Perth

We Install, repair and maintain reticulation systems all over the Perth area. This commercial business has a large retic system and was in need of a major overhaul. Work done here consisted of:

  1. Installing of a new model Hunter HC Hydrowise (We also do Rainbird ESP)
  2. Replacement of all solenoid valves (Toro, Irritrol, Bermad)
  3. Replacement of all sprinklers (Gear drive hunter and Rainbird, Toro Pop-ups)
  4. Placing Concrete surrounds around all road side sprinklers (This is highly recommended for residential and commercial – saves you a lot of money in the long run!)
  5. Re-cabling of a 9 core Reticulation Solenoid Wiring

Book via our online booking form, email or call.

Bore Pump Replacement in Menora

This week The Property Care Guys did Bore Pump Replacement in Menora, near Perth

Our customer reported their retic system had just stopped working and thought it may be an electrical issue. Correct. Our Technician Luke diagnosed a fused pump motor, quite an old unit not worth repairing really. They need a new bore pump.

We winched it out and ordered an 5.5 HP Ebara Centrifugal pump as a replacement.  They’re very high quality pumps owned by a Japanese company and are also manufactured in Italy among . Our Electrician came to connect the new pump and discovered it would be illegal to do so as the wiring from the house was so corroded it would be illegal :/ So unfortunately the owners had to pay up more to have a full re cable done for around $1000 on top of the bore pump replacement quote.

….but now they have a bore retic system now that should last many many years 😀



Reticulation Installed in Floreat

On Saturday the Property Care Guys did a Reticulation Installation in Floreat, near Perth

Our customer has a store front verge and the turf was pretty much dead. There had been no sprinklers installed in the past and no hand watering by the looks so the poor grass (not to mention being walked on a lot) had to survive by being as dormant as possible during the hot Perth months.. half the year! We quoted up a complete system including a long life battery-powered timer under the footpath to control the automatic watering schedule, Australian made PVC pipe out under the footpath and all over the verge and finally Toro pop-up sprinklers along both sides.

Remember to get your reticulation installed right the first time. Use quality parts and knowledgeable installers


Sprinkler Repairs in Wellard

Today the Property Care Guys did Sprinkler Repairs in Wellard, South of Perth

Broken popup sprinklers, as most of you probably know, are one of the most common retic issues there are. The best way to avoid this issue is by having your system installed professionally. I see many popup grids installed very randomly with sprinklers all in the wrong places – too far apart, too close, too many, too few, too high, too low, full circle sprayers on the edge of paved areas and all sorts of things like that which are only going to cost the owner a lot of money and time to maintain either doing it themselves or hiring repair guys constantly.

The next best thing to having your reticulation system installed correctly, is to have a technician come out and do a complete system overhaul. This would include assessing spray radius coverage, pressure, flow control etc and then rearranging as many sprinkler positions as are required. Most jobs like such would not take longer than a day to complete, including locating the solenoid station valves and cleaning them out and a complete system flush, new spray heads, filters and a retic controller reset and programming.

Got a bit carried away there. The placement of the popups at this small 2 station residential system were pretty good. I only repaired a few popups one of which the riser was broken off and stuck in the PVC pipe thread which we have the tools for rectifying. Others were buried or blocked with dirt and sand.

Contact PCG for all Sprinkler Repairs and waterwise landscaping




Reticulation in Cloverdale

This week the Property Care Guys did Reticulation in Cloverdale, near Perth.

A bit of an overhaul where our customer required advice on his controller, low pressure issues solved and a new section for a waterwise garden.

Control Box – Luke tested the controller as malfunctioning. Station 1 was good, station 2 had no output at all and the display was difficult to see. Nothing could be done but to replace the unit. We install Hunter, Irritrol and Orbit. We now prefer the Orbit Hydro Rain as customers find them easy to use but most of all, they have the lowest rate of faulty units. We installed an outdoor plug-in Hydro Rain with the Easy Dial.

Low pressure problem – This was obviously not due to anything but old worn out popup sprinklers, leaking out from around the seal on nearly all of them, disallowing the popup part to have enough pressure to rise. They must have been nearly 10 years old. All were replaced with our favourite Toro popups.

New section – A quick poly pipe job with micro side sprays, Luke’s expertise.  Another successful job by PCG (Well they all are) Contact us for all your Landscaping and Gardening needs.



Waterwise Landscaping in Midland

This week the Property Care Guys did Landscaping in Midland, North East of Perth

A straight forward Reticulation and Lawn Install job to finish off the back yard. A couple of small waterwise gardens, Fresh Buffalo Grass and Australian made PVC Reticulation system with Toro Popup sprinklers. Soil improver was mixed in with the sand to nourish the new roll-on turf.

Note: water on the paving because with new grass you have to water for longer, therefore it will flow sideways over the upper root layer.

Fill our online booking, Call or email us to book waterwise/native landscaping, hardscaping, garden maintenance and all reticulation and bore needs. We also specialise in solenoid valve locating.


Native Landscaping in Malaga

Today the Property Care Guys did Native Landscaping in Malaga, North East of Perth

Several small gardens, part of a bigger job.

We are big on native landscaping because it supports the local West Australian environment in many ways. A major reason is that by keeping to the local flora, we are planting no invasive species. The other main supportive reason here is water saving. Any landscaping we do, we try to suggest waterwise and native. Less paving, less lawn, more native gardens will save you money in the long run and create a healthy environment around your home.

The average native landscape will consist mostly of these components: Native plants, Drip Irrigation and Mulch. Native planting over time requires less mulch and eventually none applied as time goes by because trees will mulch themselves. Drip irrigation is extremely water-wise and can be turned off once trees mature.

Won’t my trees grow too large? Not if you choose the right variety. Many natives will grow only 1-2m in height. You may find yourself with nothing to do!




Bore Repair in Ballajura

Today the Property Care Guys did a Bore Repair in Ballajura, North of Perth

The customers’ tenants reported the reticulation was not working and said that a friend had repaired the pump only a year or so ago so the pump should be ok.. NOT the case! We have a bore problem again.

This pump looked 50 years old so something apart from the component which was replaced had probably failed. Anyway, the old dated centrifugal pump tested as not pumping any water so time for a brand new replacement. We believe in using good equipment to hold our reputation therefore we replace with extremely high quality pumps from Italy with a modest 2 year warranty (which should be 10 years they are that good – just like the Aussie submersible pumps)

Be careful when getting bore repair quotes as you will be ripped off with cheap pricing and Chinese pumps and you’ll end up spending a lot more within a couple of years when the cheap junk fails. The foot valve was good. We replaced some connections also and did a test run. This bore is now running like a new one for a fraction of the price of a new bore installation which we also quoted just in case the bore itself had issues aside from the failed pump.

Spend your money wisely on reticulation and bores. Get the job done right with high quality parts. Contact us for a professional diagnosis and written quote.


Gardening in Churchlands

This week the Property Care Guys did Gardening in Churchlands, North East of Perth

Wherever you are within 45 minutes of Perth, we are your local gardeners! A PCG monthly maintenance service is recommended if you have a separate lawn mowing guy such as Jim every week or two. Otherwise we can do a complete maintenance schedule more often involving lawns, edges, pruning, weeding, spraying weeds, fruit tree care, general horticulturist work. We take away if a big once off cleanup or use your greens bin for a regular service saving you money.

We can spot any problems such as bug infestations, plant diseases, lawn issues, reticulation needing attention, or even give landscape upgrade suggestions. This particular job was a first time cleanup for a move-in rental agreement. A few weeks ago we gave them a complete rear yard reticulation overhaul to get proper coverage and solve low pressure issues.

Gardening services include:

– Litter Collected
– Plants and Shrubs Pruning
– Tree and Branch Lopping (Chainsaw work)
– Weed treatment and removal
– Garden Bed cleaning up
– Rubbish / Green Waste Removal
– Driveway and pathways cleared of debris
– Leaves removed (if desired – some like the free mulch)
– Hedging
– Mowing
– Brushcutting, Whipper-Snipping

Landscaping services:
– Roll On Turf – supply and Installation
– Reticulation – Supply and installation
– Native Garden Lanscapes
– Mulching
– Lawn and Garden Kerbing

Contact us for all gardening, reticulation, landscaping and hardscaping!