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Water the smart way, save money, time and relax

Have you been frustrated with that old reticulation controller that came with the house you bought recently or many years ago? Is it difficult to program or doesn’t even clearly display information on the screen any longer but you can just operate it?

Does it seem to have a mind of its own and now it’s only reliable if you operate it in manual mode? Does your reticulation controller need nearly as much looking after as your pets when you go on holidays?

Did you realize how far technology has come and what you are missing out on by switching to a smart controller?

Did you realize the benefits far outweigh the costs and I haven’t yet met a customer who wasn’t very happy once they finally upgraded?

Did you know that if your reticulation controller turns itself on during non-watering periods that you could be fined?

Did you know that new smart controllers have a range of options at different price points that make them very affordable?

Did you know that you can leave the entire reticulation maintenance in the hands of a trusted contractor and we can be responsible for turning your controller on in Spring and off for winter without you even needing to think about it any longer?

Did you know that advanced controllers can measure solenoid function, rainfall or when it might rain, temperature, soil moisture, leaks (alert you of leaks or if your pressure has changed significantly for whatever reason) and many other benefits and features. Some brands even have built in solenoid location, so you don’t have to pay a contractor with an expensive solenoid locator to find lost solenoids on an old system when you just moved into a house.

You can save a heap of time money and water as the controller can operate based on local weather conditions(inbuilt with Hydrawise, other brands require a weather station) and soil moisture(instrument required) and you can be alerted as soon as a solenoid isn’t working(included with Hydrawise) or there is a leak(flow meter costs extra).

Tired of walking from the backyard to the front yard to turn your controller on? well now you can save allot of time and money if you are paying a contractor as you can turn it on from your phone whilst in the backyard. You can have the job or just seasonal testing done in half the time and reduced expense if you are paying someone.

Brands that I like to use are the Hunter Hydrawise for best performance and the Rainbird smart controller for a more affordable option. Other options are the Weathermatic which has the inbuilt solenoid location device plus many other features however this is the most expensive and doesn’t use Wifi only 3G.

Ben’s gardens are skilled and experienced in reticulation and as a Watercorp Waterwise accredited landscaper understand the best solutions that will make your garden much more water efficient and healthy.


Water the smart way, save money, time and relax

Small gardens - wow factor


As Perth’s population expands and property sizes decrease the need for a professionally designed green space is more and more important. Ben’s Gardens is working in this space currently and is focused on creating beautiful gardens in small spaces that give that space a wow factor. With Ben’s in-depth knowledge of plants and their requirements to grow in different conditions we can create a beautiful small garden that will transform your space and create a beautiful ambience around your home that adds value to your property.

Areas which we are working on include:

Vertical gardens – using tough native plants or suitable exotics

Espalier (including fruit salad trees citrus/other)

Courtyard gardens suitable shade trees and pots of abundant flowers and fruit

Small water features like urns or vertical narrow water feature kits

Lighting to give you a night garden (2 gardens for the price of 1)

Scented gardens so you can literally open your windows and allow beautiful fragrance inside

Watch this space for more exciting ideas to come,

If you would like to speak to any of our happy customers, then please call me on 0409539855 or email ben@bensgardens.com.au


Small gardens - wow factor

Getting your garden ready for spring

With spring just days away there is plenty to do to get the garden ready for the warmer months. For your native plants there is very little to do other than admire their beauty and flower show but for exotics which many are dormant or semi dormant there is plenty to do. You can do structural pruning of dormant trees, hard pruning of roses, seasonal pruning of anything else to remove damaged and diseased wood. Another task I like to do is to hard prune vigorous topiary or hedges if they have become woody or too big. Hedges like African box hedge, lily pily can all be prune back very hard to encourage a flush of soft growth that can be re-shaped during spring/early summer. Topiary like Duranta – Geisha girl can be pruned back as hard as you like.

One big misconception in early spring is as soon as September 1 arrives is that we should be fertilising straight away however for Perth conditions this is incorrect as the soils are usually too cool for the plants to be able to take up the fertiliser until maybe mid to end of September and the resulting fertiliser will end up in creeks and rivers causing issues. Another thing is rainfall combined with excess irrigation if retic has been turned on also will cause leaching.

Checking reticulation systems at the start of spring is important as things might not be working well since it’s been turned off for months. Make sure all components are working as they should so that come the warmer weather the retic system is working as it should. First start with the controller and check that everything is how it should be and then turn on each station to make sure the solenoids are working, if not either open them up to clean or if it is easier replace. It’s always good to carry a couple of spare solenoids, in the shed. Finally check all the nozzles and make sure none are blocked or damaged, if so then replace.

And finally, don’t forget to re-pot all your pots now with fresh high-quality potting mix and pot up to bigger pots for any plants that have outgrown their existing pot. At the end of September use a good slow release fertiliser for like Troforte fruit and citrus or any suitable slow release fertiliser for any other plants. When it warms up you can apply Ecowet every month to pots through the hot months and either liquid Ecovital or Powerfeed every 3 weeks depending on the requirements of the plants.

If you are too busy or not into doing the work, yourself then we would love to hear from you so please give us a call and book in a visit.

Getting your garden ready for spring

Fragrant & Beautiful WA Native Gardens

Western Australian plants are becoming more and more popular in gardens not just in Western Australia but on the East Coast as far down as Tasmania.

Fragrant & Beautiful WA Native Gardens

Why You Should Plant Now

Western Australian plants are becoming more and more popular in gardens not just in Western Australia but on the East Coast as far down as Tasmania....

Why You Should Plant Now

Beautiful waterwise native plants

Here’s a list of beautiful native WA plants that can survive without retic, or on a tiny fraction of the water compared to lawn or traditional garden thrive through the hottest months.

Beautiful waterwise native plants

Gardens that thrive in the heat

The main factors of a thriving summer garden are plant selection, planting time, plant location, soil preparation, irrigation, mulch and specific summer maintenance or what I call TLC.

Gardens that thrive in the heat

Native Shade Gardens

Native plants are well known as sun-loving which is true generally. There are however many species that naturally grow as understorey species and can take quite a lot of shade and still flower.

Native Shade Gardens

Intelligent irrigation

It is an exciting time in the reticulation industry with the emergence of many brands of smart controllers now on the market.

Intelligent irrigation

It's a natural spectacle - awakening of the humble native bee

Whilst other native animals like Honeyeaters are active all throughout winter there is one important little guy who has spent most of the winter months in a cosy little nest. As the title suggests I am referring to native bees.

It's a natural spectacle - awakening of the humble native bee