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Lawn Watering Tips

Watering Tips for your lawn

Before following our recommendations below, it would be best if you know what type of lawn you have. To help you, below is a break down of cool and warm season lawn varieties. 

Cool season grasses: Summer watering every 2-3 days, Spring & Autumn watering every 4-5 days and Winter watering as required.

•    Tall Fescue varieties

•    Rye varieties

•    Fine Fescues varieties

•    Bent & Kentucky Bluegrass varieties

Warm season grasses: Summer watering every 3-4 days, Spring & Autumn watering every 7-14 days and Winter watering as required.

•    Kikuyu varieties 

•    Couch varieties

•    Buffalo varieties


Do water your lawns in the early morning.  Particularly with lawns this is the best time to water as night waterings can cause fungal problems in certain varieties and most grasses don't like to get what we call "wet feet". However, common sense must prevail, if you can't water in the morning of course water at night.

Do give your lawn longer, less frequent watering.  Deeply penetrating irrigations that wet the soil to a considerable depth encourage deep rooting and result in a more vigorous, higher quality turf.

Do use wetting agents such as Yates Waterwise Soil Wetter for Lawns, Gardens & Pots.

Don’t give your lawn short frequent waterings.  Short frequent waterings throughout hot weather will cause many lawn problems such as shallow rooting of the lawn, weed invasion, leaching of soil nutrients and fungus diseases. 

Do install rainwater tanks and look at underground irrigation.  

Do fertilise lawns 3-4 times a year, this will produce a strong, healthy root system which will enable lawns to survive under stressful conditions a lot longer than a lawn that is never fertilised.

Pro tips:

• A newly planted lawn will take up to 12 months before it has established a deep enough root system to achieve its maximum drought tolerance.  Therefore, your lawn will require more watering during its first summer to enable it to develop to the fullest drought tolerant potential.

• To check if your lawn needs to be watered, tread firmly on the grass. After removing your foot, if the grass doesn't spring back and lays flat this is an indication your grass needs to be watered.  If the grass springs back then it doesn't need to be watered.

Always refer to your state’s water restrictions.

Monitoring transpiration through weather apps is ideal to see water loss and rainfall.

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