Southerners always chuckle when we mention THE word -> Winter.
It is true that the next couple of months are absolutely glorious here in North Queensland, however, our Winter is enough to impact grass growing conditions and our lawn maintenance habits.
NQ Buffalo Turf (Axonopus compressus, broad leaf carpet grass) is a tropical grass that is known for turning purple every year when the temperatures drop.
With seven nights in the last ten days reaching 16 - 17°C minimum temperatures and shorter days (less sunlight), it may now have been enough to cause this effect in your lawn.
At the moment, as it continues to gets colder and the days get shorter still, nothing needs to be or can be done to change this reaction to these conditions. It is cold and winter stress.
It may be possible to fertilise when we have another warm stretch, however, you won’t see much change until mid-August when the night temperatures start to rise and the days are getting longer again.
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