Lawn Watering

When and how to water your lawn

A good watering program is essential to a happy, healthy lawn.

With regular maintenance and a common sense watering your lawn will look amazing and be fighting fit to ward off most health problems.

How often should you water your lawn?

  • This will depend on your weather, soil, grass variety and your lawns health.
  • Your lawn should be partly dried out between watering to stimulate deeper root growth; this makes your lawn more drought resistant.
  • During the warmer months a good deep watering once a week, and a top up lighter watering during hot weather, should be sufficient. During a particularly long dry spell a few extra deep watering may be helpful.
  • Watch the weather; if the forecast is hot then give your lawn a bit more of a preheat drink.
  • In Spring and Autumn you may need lighter and less frequent watering.
  • Winter watering is only necessary during dry spells.
  • Best time of day to water is early morning or evening. Avoid the heat of the day to minimise water loss to evaporation.

How do I tell if my lawn needs water?

A simple check is the footprint test. Walk across your lawn and see how long it takes for the grass to bounce back. If you can hardly see your footprint, your lawn is adequately hydrated, but if it leaves a mark or is slow to bounce back your lawn needs a drink.

How can I tell if my lawn is getting watered evenly?

Check the uniformity of your sprinklers that they are watering evenly across your lawn to avoid overly dry or wet patches. This is crucial to the overall health of your lawn. Areas of over-watering or under-watering will produce uneven growth looking unsightly and potentially leading to many future health issues. You can test this by putting out cans uniformly across your lawn and measuring the water level in each can. An efficient watering system will show near even amounts in each can.

Is the watering effective?

You may like to apply a soil wetting agent to assist water penetration and storage in your lawns root zone, particularly if your lawn is thatch and thick or your soil is repellent to water.

Watering freshly laid turf

New turf should always be watered as soon as possible after laying and then kept damp continuously for the establishment phase. Please see our installation and maintenance section for more information. Lawn will take a full twelve months to grow deep roots and become drought resistant.

Be responsible when watering

Always check water restrictions in your area with your local water authority.
If needed exemptions are available for new lawn installation.

What is the quality of your water?

Water quality varies a great deal around Australia. If you have high levels of salt in your water and a low salt tolerant lawn, your lawn may perform poorly.

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