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: https://www.paulmunnsinstantlawn.com.au/blog/frost/.

Current colour report: Week commencing Monday 12/7/21

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

Variety: Kikuyu - fine leaf

  • Colour retention: 90% (Good)
  • Date taken: 13/07/21
  • Condition: The rolls have good strength and are reasonably heavy. The rolls have good, uniform colour. 

 

Variety: Santa Ana

  • Colour retention: 50% (average)
  • Date taken: 16/06/21
  • Condition: The rolls have good strength and are easy to lay. A mix of green and brown patchiness throughout the roll. 

 

Variety: Windsor Green

  • Colour retention: 50% (average)
  • Date taken: 29/06/21
  • Condition: The rolls have good strength and are easy to lay. A mix of green and brown patchiness throughout the roll.

 

Variety: Kenda Kikuyu

  • Colour retention: 40% (Poor)
  • Date taken: 16/06/21
  • Condition: The rolls have good strength and are easy to lay. A mix of green and brown patchiness throughout the roll. 

 

Variety: Kings Pride Buffalo

We do not recommend laying Kings Pride Buffalo at this time due to the total discolouration of the turf rolls. 

  • Colour retention: 5% (Brown turf)
  • Date taken: 16/06/21
  • Condition: heavy recent frosts have impacted Kings Pride and, as a result is mostly brown in colour.   The rolls have good strength and are easy to lay.