Winter frost colour in turf

Author: Stefan Palm   Date Posted: 5 July 2019 

When it comes to varieties like couch, kikuyu and buffalo, they can have the tendancy to lose colour when exposed to frost. Already this Winter we have had several frosts on the turf farm which has resulted in varying degrees of colour loss. There are a few things you should know when buying turf during Winter:

  • Winter colour loss due to frost in the growing regions is unavoidable. It effects all turf growers
  • Colour loss as a result of frost is cosmetic. The turf is still alive and well and will recover it's colour as soon as the weather warms up.
  • There is no risk of your turf dying as a result of frost or cold weather

We recognise that colour is a big factor when rolling out turf so in order to let you know what its looking like this week, we decided to create this page so that there was no surprises upon receiving your turf delivery. 

For more information on frost and how it effects turf, please read this blog: https://www.paulmunnsinstantlawn.com.au/blog/frost/

This weeks turf colour report: Week commencing Monday 8/7/19

(Scroll down to see a condition report on the variety you are interested in)

Variety: Kings Pride Buffalo

  • Colour retention: 20%
  • Date taken: 5/7/19
  • Condition: The rolls have good strength and are easy to lay. The colour would be considered as brown

 

Variety: Fine Leaf Kikuyu

  • Colour retention: 70%
  • Date taken: 5/7/19
  • Condition: The rolls have good strength and are easy to lay.The colour would be considered as good. The tips of the blades are brown however the lower parts of the blades are mostly green. 

 

Variety: Santa Ana

  • Colour retention: 60%
  • Date taken: 5/7/19
  • Condition: The rolls have good strength and are easy to lay.The colour would be considered as OK. Equal amounts of green and brown 

 

Variety: Kenda Kikuyu

  • Colour retention: 80%
  • Date taken: 5/7/19
  • Condition: The rolls have good strength and are easy to lay.The colour would be considered as good.