Winter Lawn Care Tips


Winter cold can often have a big impact on your lawn especially if you have a warm season turf installed in your home.  We have put together some FAQ to help keep your lawn in the best possible condition during the winter months.


Will my turf go dormant in Winter?


During winter warm season grasses – Couch ,Kikuyu, Buffalo,Bermuda and Zoisia varieties –  can experience varying levels of dormancy resulting in brownish/yellow discolouration. When laying turf in Winter you will notice that the growth and establishment of your lawn will be minimal, but with a good fertilise in early spring your turf will see root establishment and then the turf should thrive with the warmer Spring sunshine.  ColourGuard is a perfect solution to winter dormancy browning.  Check our ColourGuard page for further information



 How can I reduce wear and tear on my lawn?


Wear and tear can take its toll in Winter, so it is important to have a strong, healthy lawn leading into the colder season.  Any damage done to your lawn over Winter normally will not start repairing until Spring arrives. It’s always a good idea to keep traffic to a minimum as much as possible, during Winter.



 Should I water my grass in Winter?


Summer Autumn Winter Spring- any time when we experience dry periods it is essential that you continue to water the lawn keeping the soil moist underneath. During Winter we do not want to have the turf sodden but cannot allow the sod to dry out either.  So checking the sod and the subsoil regularly is important to determine how much moist is being retained.



 How can I prevent my lawn from frost damage?


If you live in frost prone area there is little you can do.  Your lawn will cope best with frost damage when it is healthy, well hydrated and has plenty of nutrients. You can cover your turf with cloth to eliminate frost on the blades.  For those who are really vigilant and keen on their lawn appearance, lightly watering before sunrise on a frosty morning will help maintain colour by dissolving the frost and therefore reducing frost burn. Keep traffic to a minimum on frosty mornings as the blades will be frozen and additional traffic will cause further damage. 



Fertilising Warm Season Grasses in winter?


Give your lawn a good fertilise during April – early May. Fertilising your warm season grass prior to winter will give it the best chance to retain a good winter colour. We recommend you fertilise with a good slow release granular fertiliser.  Fertilising at least 4 times a year will keep the lawn healthy all year round.   Minimal mowing in winter will also help to retain a greener colour and a stronger leaf length for as long as possible. Should you need to mow through the cooler months we advise raising your mower blades and keeping your grass a little longer.


How often should I mow Kikuyu during winter?


Kikuyu is naturally a fast growing grass. It performs best in the warmer months and  prefers full sun.  Kikuyu will continue to grow a little longer than some  other warm season grasses but will still slow for winter. We recommend giving Kikuyu one last mow towards the end of May. Remove all lawn clippings at this time to reduce the chances of fungus and lawn disease. Mowing will be minimal during winter, however, should you need to mow we recommend raising the height of your mower blades. 




Will Sir Walter Buffalo grass stay green during winter?


Sir Walter Buffalo holds its green colour well but in the southern states where we can experience severe frost, it may go dormant.  Be careful not to mow your Buffalo too short as we approach winter and don’t mow too late in Autumn. A good fertilise in April – early May will give your lawn the best chance to stay green and healthy during winter. 






Can I lay lawn in winter?


In most circumstances we believe you can lay instant lawn all year round. There is no doubt that warm season grasses will slow down in vigour and growth during the cool winter months, and may not send roots down until the spring.  However, cool season grasses are still actively growing and are a perfect choice for winter installation.


When you lay instant lawn during winter discolouring may occur showing yellow/brown areas, joins can be visible for some time. Providing you make sure the turf remains moist, and is not allowed to dry out over the winter, with a good fertilising when the Spring weather arrives your lawn should establish properly. For best results, with any new instant lawn you must install the lawn as soon as it is delivered.


Why lay instant lawn during winter?


Many of us just don’t have a choice.  A newly established home, with a muddy surrounding may just have to be turfed to reduce the dirt and mud being trampled inside your lovely new home. Come spring, if properly cared for over winter , and by keeping traffic to a minimum, your lawn areas will establish properly and you’ll love the result.


Can I lay RTF Tall Fescue in winter?


RTF Tall Fescue is a cool season grass that will thrive in winter.  RTF can be layed all year round RTF is the most drought tolerant of all  cool season grass, but if layed in the peak heat of summer, you must keep it well watered.    RTF is also known for its lovely deep green colour, lush growth and has a strong wear tolerance. Unlike the warm season grasses, we recommend a normal mowing height for RTF during winter. Regular mowing encourages growth.  By collecting and removing lawn clippings and Autumn leaves you can help to avoid disease and fungal infections in your Fescue lawn.