At HG Turf Group we understand the importance of supply a free draining, sand-based couch for your sports fields. Our Sand-based Santa Ana Couch is grown at our Yalca farm in Northern Victoria. The sand profile of this farm is perfect for growing premium quality sports ready Santa Ana Couch. A test report of our product is available upon request.
Santa Ana Couch thrives in full sun and is ideal for ovals and active play areas. Santa Ana Couch is a trusted variety that has established itself in the sports market as an affordable, hardy and proven sports turf variety.
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.
For best results use a slow release fertiliser three times per year (early spring, mid summer and late autumn). In the heat of summer avoid over-fertilising or using manure-based products.
If you need a quick green up, use a liquid fertiliser high in nitrogen to promote a lush green lawn.
Do not use weed-and- feed fertilisers unless otherwise stated on product back panel.
Tolerant to many off-the-shelf weed, pest and disease sprays. See manufacturers’ instructions for full details.
Sand-based 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:
Sand-based Santa Ana Couch is best installed between September and April.
Available in 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.