The best time to install a new lawn is during spring and early summer when the earth is becoming warmer and the nights are losing their chill.
The choice you make can depend on several factors such as your budget, your lifestyle and the length of time available. Although Buffalo varieties of turf are initially more expensive the require much less maintenance than Couch varieties, which means it does cost less to maintain long term. Examine the lawn of your friends and neighbours and talk to a specialist.
Lay the rolls tightly against each other avoiding gaps and staggering the joins to reduce movement. Use a large serrated knife to cut the rolls as needed. Lightly compact the lawn once laid to ensure a smooth and level finish.
For efficient water use and to maintain a healthy lawn you need a professionally designed reticulation system. Hoses and moveable sprinkler are inefficient and are less likely to provide an even coverage. By watering regularly at least three times a week for 20-30 minutes you will help your new lawn develop a deep and healthy root system. You can apply for a water exemptions when installing a new lawn. See the Water Corporation Website for details.
A lawn generally needs its first cut two - three weeks after installation (in the warmer months). Mow often never removing more than 1/3 f the leaf. It is best to use a cylinder mower at least for the first few cuts as it not only provides a superior cut but the sheer weight of the machine helps level out any uneven patches. You should also fertilize the lawn once every six to eight weeks throughout the first year to maintain healthy growth and color.