Level 2 Sydney Water Restrictions: Maintaining a green lawn
Update February 18 2020: Following recent downpours, the NSW Government and Sydney Water have announced that Sydney's water restrictions will be wound back to Level 1 on Sunday, March 1. Click here for information on how you can maintain a green lawn during Level 1 water restrictions.
The below information is valid until 29 February 2020 only.
Is there anything better in summer than a green lawn? Kids playing outside, friends coming around for long lunches and cocktails... it's all made better when you have a green lawn to look at. And there's no reason you can't still have one, even with today's announcement that Level 2 Sydney Water Restrictions will be introduced on Tuesday, December 10.
In particular, there is a lot of uncertainty around the laying of turf during this time - so we're breaking it down for you! Here's a list of the dos and don'ts under Level 2 Water Restrictions when it comes to new turf. For more general advice on caring for your garden through these Level 2 restrictions, click here.
WATERING NEW TURF DURING LEVEL 2 WATER RESTRICTIONS
|Watering Methods...||Approved Watering Plan for New Turf...|
|You can water new turf using:
Please keep the delivery docket showing the delivery date in case one of Sydney Water's Community Water Officers asks for 'proof of purchase'
After week 4, you can only water your turf following the water restrictions. This means you can water before 10 am and after 4 pm with a bucket or watering can, or with a smart irrigation or drip irrigation system for a maximum of 15 minutes.
Turf NSW recommends watering established turf no more than once a week.
Information from Sydney Water. Last updated 21/11/19.
WHAT IF MY TURF HASN'T ESTABLISHED AFTER FOUR WEEKS?
In some cases, your lawn might take longer than four weeks to establish - and Sydney Water have provisions for this. The below is their advice in case you need a little longer:
After your exemption period is up, regardless of its length, you must revert to watering your lawn the same way you water the rest of your garden - in compliance with Stage 2 Sydney water restrictions, as follows:
WATERING LAWNS AND GARDENS DURING LEVEL 2 WATER RESTRICTIONS
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|Water lawns and gardens before 10am or after 4pm using...
Information from Sydney Water. Last updated 5/12/19.
Remember, the above water restrictions relate to drinking water - water that comes from Sydney's dams and catchment areas to your home. At Flower Power, we're strong advocates of recycling water, and one way to get involved at home is by installing a rainwater tank. When you collect rainwater, you can use it however you like. If you're keen to learn more about rainwater tank installation, please click here and consider having one professionally installed through Flower Power!