Winter frost colour in turf

Author: Stefan Palm   Date Posted: 31 May 2021 

When it comes to varieties like couch, kikuyu and buffalo, they can lose colour when exposed to frost. We recognise that colour is a big factor when rolling out turf, so to let you know what it's looking like this week, we decided to create this page so that there were no surprises upon receiving your turf delivery during Winter. There are a few things you should know when buying turf during Winter:

  • Winter colour loss due to frost and dormancy in the growing regions is unavoidable. It affects all turf growers.
  • Colour loss as a result of frost and Winter dormancy is cosmetic. The turf is still alive and well and will recover its colour as soon as the weather warms up.
  • When laying turf in the Adelaide metro area, there is no risk of your turf dying due to frost or cold weather.

For more information on frost and how it affects turf, please read this blog:

Current colour report: Week commencing Monday 11/10/21

As of the 21/10/21, all varieties of turf have recovered their winter colour with the exception of Kings Pride Buffalo. 

See condition report below

Variety: Kings Pride Buffalo

  • Colour retention: 60% 
  • Date taken: 8/10/21
  • Condition: A cool spring and recent frosts continue to impact Kings Pride and, as a result, it still exhibits some colour loss. Recovery has been good in the last few weeks, and it is close to regaining its full colour.  The rolls have good strength and are easy to lay.