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Watering schedule to establish a new lawn

1 October - 31 March (Hot Weather)

If your exemption is granted during this time, you are able to water for up to 42 days from the day of planting. We recommend you water your new lawn or garden with 10mm of water a day.

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1 April - 30 September (Mild Weather)

If your exemption is granted during this time, you are able to water for up to 35 days from the day of planting. We recommend you water your new lawn or garden with 7.5mm of water a day.Please note: Exemptions for properties with a Iicensed bore are managed by the Department of Water. Please contact the department on 1800 508 885 (option 1) if you have a licensed bore and would like to apply for an exemption. Remember if it rains, turn the water system off. Too much water and not enough sun can rot the grass.
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Recommended lawn irrigation requirements for established lawns

This new annual watering guide for lawns has been developed to help further improve water conservation efforts. A table of recommended rates is provided below for different sprinkler types and shows the sprinkler run times you should employ on each of your rostered irrigation days (being 3 days a week tor bore water users and 2 days a week for scheme water users). Using this schedule will save water and money and ensure your lawn will always look its best. The schedule is based on lawns established on an improved soil in combination with the use of a premium soil wetting agent and also Biagra water retainer.
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Note: During very hot or long dry periods the lawn may require an extra application of hand watering in between the rostered watering days.

Always ensure you water early in the morning, usually between 5:00am and 8:00am. If windy when watering then alternate watering is recommended, one day in the morning and one day in the evening, to avoid dry spots.

Please note: For Buffalo lawn varieties in shady areas, cut down watering to once every second day for 10 minutes after the first 10 days or else the grass will rot. Rotting is the result of too much water and not enough sun.

Checking water coverage

If the lawn shows signs of stress (a loss of bright colour and slight wilting) then you need to give a good deep drink of 10mm of water per day as soon as possible until it recovers. In order to know how much water your system is applying you need to measure it's output, This is quite simple to do. All you need is an empty ice cream container or similar catch cup placed out on the lawn. Then turn the sprinklers on and time how long it takes to gather 10mm of water in the bottom of the container, This will give you the correct setting for the duration of watering for that station on your controller. Check different spots to make sure you get an even coverage and that no spot gets less than the minimum.

Water restrictions

The Water Corporation can advise you of current rules and regulations regarding lawn watering. When establishing a new lawn you can contact the Water Corporation to get a 'new lawn' certificate of exemption from any dominant watering guidelines. To apply, call the Waterwise Helpline on 131 039.

Lawn care and maintenance advice

Water

Grass is a living thing and, just like us, it needs water to survive! Westland Turf always recommends underground-automated reticulation to ensure the needs of your grass are met.

Mowing

Mow your new lawn lightly within
7-10 days of installation. After this, mow weekly during the summer months and then fortnightly in the winter. Mow the grass longer in periods of extreme heat, in shady conditions, and in late autumn.

Fertiliser

We recommend the use of 'Palmetto Premium Lawn Fertiliser', applied at 20 grams per square metre. Use a minimum of 3 times a year during spring, summer and autumn. For best results, use at 8 week intervals.

More information

For more information on turf supplies, watering, rules, regulations and information on any hosepipe bans, please visit the Water Corporation Website: www.watercorporation.com.au

For more advice from the experts in lawn maintenance, call Westland Turf today on 08 9330 8178!

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