Why should you install turf now?
- Water restrictions take new turf into consideration with a four-week exemption through a watering plan approved by Sydney Water.
- You aren’t battling the on-going harsh sun.
- You can take advantage of the cold and rainy season and use rain as a natural water supply.
New Turf Watering Plan
To encourage the establishment of new turf, Sydney Water has approved of a four-week watering plan for new turf owners.
Week 1: You can water your lawn up to three times a day for a total maximum of 30 minutes per session (at any time).
Week 2 & 3: Lawns can be water two times a day for a total amount of 15 minutes per session. This can only be done before 10 am and after 4 pm.
Week 4: For no more than 3 days this week, lawns can be watered for a total of 30 minutes per day, before 10 am and after 4 pm.
After the fourth week, lawns can only be watered following normal water restrictions. This includes watering lawns with a watering can or a hand-held hose with a trigger nozzle before 10 am and after 4 pm. Smart irrigation systems and drip irrigation systems are allowed as well as greywater and recycled water.
Please note lawns larger than 30m2 can use sprinklers during the four-week watering plan.
Water restrictions for lawns and gardens
Even with the new water restrictions, you can still maintain a fresh new lawn while being mindful of the drought. Here are things you can and can’t do to your lawn:
Allowed watering methods for established turf
- Watering can or bucket
- Drip irrigation and automated weather adjusting systems
- Hand-held hose with a trigger nozzle (before 10am or after 4pm)
- Recycled water and grey water
- Rain or soil moisture sensor
New lawn owners with a continuous area of turf larger than 30 m2 can apply for an additional exemption and watering plan if they find their lawn has not yet established.
They can apply here.