Couch Lawn Care: Looking after your Couch / Bermuda Grass Lawn
Just before I get into the topic, I am writing this article from an Australian perspective and need to clarify some terminology.
Broadly, this article will refer to Warm Season grasses, and amongst these grasses we will reference the following Turf Grasses (including there common and botanical names):
Buffalo Turf (otherwise known as St. Augustine grass in North America), or Stenotaphrum secundatum
Couch Turf (otherwise known as Bermuda Grass in North America), or Cynodon dactylon
Kikuyu Turf, or Pennisetum clandestinum
Other such turf grasses used in Australia include Zoysia, Durban, Quennsland Blue Couch and Seashore Paspalum.
If you are keen to install a Couch Lawn at home there are a few different varieties to choose from. These include Riley’s Super Sports, Wintergreen, Santa Ana and Conquest to name a few.
Couch turf is used widely for sports and playing field situations. It is also favoured in the home situation for its partial tolerance of shade. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best for shade tolerance), you have Durban (10 out of 10), then Buffalo (9), Couch (7), Zoysia (6-7) and Kikuyu (3).
Couch grass does have its critics for its tendency to go straw coloured in Winter. If you have your heart set on it, then you can spray paint your lawn with Green Lawnger for really good results.
Wonderful results can be achieved in eradicating all weeds (including all broadleaf weeds, nutgrasses, kikuyu grass, winter grass etc etc) from a Couch Lawn. However, most of the herbicides required for this result are registered for use by Professional Lawn Care contractors only. Also, Lawn Aeration or Coring in Spring and Summer help achieve better than above average results for your Couch Lawn.
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