Laying your new lawn in winter

Whilst the warmer months in spring, summer and early autumn are the ideal time of year to lay a new lawn, we are lucky enough to live in a region where laying turf in winter is still O.K.. There are even a few benefits in establishing a lawn in the cooler months of the year.

There is a common misconception that installing a new warm season turf like Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo can’t be done in cool conditions. This isn’t the truth, as turf is installed successfully all year round anywhere in Australia. In the warmer states, Like Queensland, Northern Territory and northern WA this isn’t really an issue as the temperature doesn’t ever get cold enough. But in NSW, Victoria, SA and southern WA cold winters puts doubt in everyone’s mind about laying a new lawn.

The benefits

A benefit to laying a new lawn in winter is lower water usage. In the cooler months, you will not have to irrigate your new lawn anywhere near as much as you might compared with the warmer months. Whilst it still needs some water, you can virtually halve your water usage by laying turf in winter and still maintain a healthy lawn come spring.

Another benefit is you won’t have to mow your lawn until the weather warms up. This comes in very handy as the winter months have shorter days and weekends are filled up with sport and other activities, making it much harder to find the time.


Just keep in mind, when laying a new lawn in winter the lawn will not root down properly until the weather warms up and it starts growing again. This doesn’t mean anything is wrong, and your lawn isn’t dying. It is simply sitting idle until it gets some warmer temperatures so it can fully establish.

For more information on lawn care visit our Lawn Care page.