Santa Ana Couch thrives in full sun and has the best drought tolerance of all lawn varieties. It has a fine leaf lawn that can be mowed short for active play.
Santa Ana Couch thrives in full sun and has the best drought tolerance of all lawn varieties.
It has a fine leaf lawn that can be mowed short for active play.
Santa Ana Couch is great to use in open spaces that receive very high traffic and active use.
Public park sports areas, high traffic café sites or wedding venues.
C.dactylon x C.transvaalensis
Best grown in full sun. Will tolerate up to 20% shade.
It is essential that instant turf is laid on moist soil. Then it’s important to water the turf in soon after laying to prevent it from drying out. Watering should wet the sod and the top 30-50 mm of soil. The turf needs to be kept moist over the first few days after laying.
After the root system is fully established, water thoroughly only when required:
Once every 7-10 days during warm or hot summer weather (more often on sandy soils), and much less in cooler months.
Remember that infrequent, deep watering promotes a healthy lawn by encouraging the knitting of the turf sod to the soil. Over-watering can be a problem because it encourages excessive growth, disease and root rot.
Tolerant to many off-the-shelf weed, pest and disease sprays. See manufacturers’ instructions for full details.
Santa Ana Couch is offered for sale year round. However, establishment during the winter months (or un-seasonally cold weather) is not ideal and carries certain risks and challenges such as:
Santa Ana Couch is best installed between September and April.
Available in small or maxi rolls.
Extremely deep rooted
Will tolerate moderate salt levels
Couch can be over-sown with Rye grass to improve colour and activity during the cooler months of dormancy.
Sports fields regularly undertake this practice, over-seeding the Rye grass in the autumn and renovating it out in the spring. The Rye grass will protect the underlying warm seasons grass from damage.
The Rye grass will stress in the warmer months unless watered. The underlying drought-tolerant Couch will therefore persist better in the warmer months. Low mowing will also encourage the Couch to out-compete the Rye grass as it will stress and expose the underlying Couch to sunlight.
The hybrid Santa Ana was derived from the crossing of C.dactylon and C.transvaalensis the latter selected because it rarely produces viable seed thus making it less invasive.