Did you know installing your turf in the colder seasons will give you a better survival rate during water restrictions? With the new restrictions in place from March 1, 2020, now is the best time to get a new lawn established in Sydney. The current drought-approved watering restrictions combined with the moderate sun and frequent rain will help the grass settle quickly.
Don’t wait until spring, when the weather gets warmer, to buy your new turf! Take advantage of the rainy season to make sure your lawn gets the right amount of water and time to settle.
Sydney Lawn and Turf can supply turf to you and help you maintain a lush green lawn despite the current circumstances.
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.