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Lawn care during water restrictions

Garden Life
Many states have been practicing water wise measures in various shapes and forms for years now, others are lucky enough to have no restrictions at all. As of the 1st of June, Sydney, the Blue Mountains and the Illawarra are now under level 1 water restrictions so let’s see what this means for your lawn.

During winter, water restrictions have less of an impact on our lawn since, being dormant, the grass is usually quite content with nature’s offerings. But spring has sprung and the lawn will soon be thirsty. Now is the time to get a better understanding of new water restrictions in your area and how they affect your lawn care.

Defining water

An important question to ask yourself is “where does my water come from?” If you are using recycled water, greywater, rainwater or bore water then level 1 restrictions do not apply to you. They only apply to drinking water so continue as you were. If you are using drinking water then read on.

Timing is everything

During level 1 water restrictions, watering of lawns and gardens must be done before 10 am or after 4 pm using a hand-held hose fitted device that you can turn off instantly to help save water (trigger nozzles and wands will do the trick). If you need to water between 10 am and 4 pm then you’ll have to use a watering can or bucket which is not ideal when watering the lawn.

Regardless of restrictions, early morning is always the ideal time to water.

The “Clever Watering” exceptions

To every rule there is an exception and level 1 water restrictions are no different. Clever watering products get the gold star so if you equip yourself with a drip irrigation system, automated weather adjustment, rain sensor and soil moisture sensor you can water your lawn or garden any time. Now is a great time to have a look at the GARDENA Rain Sensor and Soil Moisture Sensor and pair them up with a Water Computer.

Special case: New turf

New turf requires special care therefore during the first week following its delivery, it can be watered one or twice a day before 10 am and after 4 pm making sure to follow the instructions of the turf supplier. During this week, sprinklers (including soaker hoses) can be used but only if the area is 70 m2 or greater. After the first week, you will need an exemption permit which can be requested by emailing Sydney Waters.

If you have any doubts or questions, it’s best to get in touch with the agency that manages your area.