The Best Time to Lay Turf in Australia

The Best Time to Lay Turf in Australia

If you’re looking to install a new lawn in the coming year, you’re probably wondering what the best time to lay turf is in your area. Is it best to wait until spring to get your lawn gowing, or will it thrive no matter what time of year it’s planted?

Many varieties of grass such as Sapphire Buffalo, Couch and Kikuyu are popular due to their year-round durability and general drought resistance, making them perfect for the Australian climate. No matter what type of turf you choose or when you plant it, it will require ongoing maintenance to stay health and green.

Here’s our guide to the best times of year to lay turf.

A Short Guide to Seasonal Turf Laying & the Best Time to Lay Turf

We pride ourselves on the durability and quality of our grasses, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a better time of year to lay the turf. Consider the following advice:

Spring: The best time to lay turf in Australia

Without a doubt, spring is the best time to lay turf and plant in your garden. This is the time of year when foliage is flourishing and new shoots are beginning to appear. The weather is also not too hot and there is still some reasonable rainfall around to water provide enough water.

Best Time to Lay Turf
Laying Turf in Winter

Laying Turf in Winter

Even in this scorched brown land of ours, winter can get very cold in certain regions of Australia. In the coldest areas, it is best not to lay down grass turf during this time. If you live in a place like South Australia, or in the west, then the winter is most likely to be milder. In a case like this, you can lay down the turf as long as the soil is already prepared and weeded thoroughly. In general, however, it’s best to wait for spring if you can.

Laying Turf in Autumn

This is still a really good time of year to plant your lawn, but it is best to do it early before the winter starts to come in. It’s better if your grass is already established before the frost and cold weather really hits. In regions of Australia where the autumns are generally milder, you can probably get away with laying down the turf a little later in the season.

Laying Turf in Autumn
Laying Turf in Summer

Laying Turf in Summer

Despite the fact that Aussie summers can get very hot, it is still a pretty good time of the year to lay down grass turf. Buffalo grass, in particular, is tough enough to get through a hot summer. If you really must plant during summer though, just remember that you’ll need to water the grass every day to keep the roots moist. If the roots dry out, grass that is not yet established will start to dry out and die. This is the last thing you want when you have invested so much time and effort into the project!

Keeping it Green All Year Round

We all love a green lawn, but remember that there are better times of the year to plant than others. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and ask. We have plenty of grass growing experience, so we’re sure to know the answers!


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