Turf Pigment – what is it and when should you use it?

Healthy, green sports turf is what we all want, year-round. And with the right team and the right program, for the most part this is achievable. There will be times during the year however when keeping your playing surface green is a challenge for even the best of greenkeepers. Think poor growing conditions, adverse weather and heavy play. That’s when turf pigment can provide the necessary additional boost.

What is turf pigment?

Turf pigments are colour enhancement products that can be applied to your field enabling you to keep colour in your surface year-round. Particularly useful for colour enhancement in the cooler months, the right pigment will assist with plant improvement during warmer weather. Some options are also quite effective for use as long-lasting spray indicators.

Turf Pigment
Colour enhancement for year-round colour
Churchie Sports Fields

When do I use it?

April to August is the best time to apply turf pigment.

Will pigment impact turf health?

Most pigments have been designed to be used on all turfgrass species in a wide range of climates. They can handle different turfgrass management intensity levels. Pigments aren’t paint so they won’t impact the turf’s ability to carry out photosynthesis or block the stomata. They do however act as a sunscreen and will block harmful UV rays. That means they’ll also be resistant to fading from UV exposure. Pigments boast good weather fastness and provide many turf enhancement properties.

How to use turf pigments? 

Turf pigments should be applied by professionals when you’re looking to improve the colour and health of your turf. Turf pigments should also be applied depending on the health of your turf at the time, as it assists in the growth of your turf. 

Different types of lawn pigments and colourants: 

There are a variety of lawn pigments and colourants to choose from when considering improving the health of your lawn. A turf paint is a combination of a pigment, alongside a base such as water. Whereas, a turf pigment is a dry product that provides health and colour to your turf. A turf colourant is any of the above, a pigment, paint or dye. Any type of product that provides colour to turf is a colourant. 


More questions? Give our sports turf specialists a call on 1300 653 013 for more information.

Not sure where to start? Here are some Frequently Asked Questions.

Turf pigments are a colourant that mimics the green colour of grass, keeping colour in the turf all year round. Turf pigments also assist with the growth of the turf throughout the year, particularly during warmer weather. 

Typically, turf pigment refers to a pigment that is applied onto growing turf, whereas, a grass paint is used on turf that is dormant and no longer growing. 

We recommend using turf pigments in the cooler months, from April through to August, and the usage throughout these months depends on the turf health at the time of application. 

To improve the colour of your lawn it is recommended to apply turf pigments. These will not only have the lawn appear healthier and brighter, but will also assist the lawn in growing during the warmer months when it can become difficult. 

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