Bermuda Couch Grass Seed
Bermuda couch (also known as Sahara Couch) is a warm season grass that is ideal for the Australian climate.
A favourite of Australian golf courses and suburban lawns alike, Bermuda Couch is extremely hardy. The grass has an extensive root system, giving it the best chance of surviving tough drought conditions. Bermuda Couch is superior in drought tolerance compared to common Couch and many other bermudagrass varieties.
Bermuda Couch has runners that spread both above ground (called stolons) and below ground (rhizomes). This makes the grass great at ‘self-repairing’, and any bare patches that you may have from your initial sowing of seed will, more often than not, be quickly filled in without any need for a second sow.
Minimal expertise is required to manage and maintain a Bermuda Couch lawn, and the ongoing management cost is low.
Couch grasses become dormant in winter and may discolor, particularly in sub-tropical climates. Note: A Couch surface can be oversown with a Perennial Ryegrass to improve winter performance. This also works to protect the Couch from heavy traffic during dormancy.
- New Lawns: 10 grams per square meter (1kg/100m2)
- Overseeding: 5 grams per square meter (1kg/200m2)
Please note: Seed may be coated for protection and to enhance germination. Batches may vary.
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Bermuda (Sahara) Couch is tolerant to saline or poor quality irrigation water. It is also highly wear tolerant. It produces rhizomes and stolons which allow recovery from damage from below-ground and across the surface. It is a good choice where a low thatching type is required. It is a native grass to the African Savannah and India.
Optimal pH: Bermuda Couch performs best in soils with moderate acidity (pH 5.8-7.0), but tolerates more alkaline conditions.
Sowing Tips: For best results, sow in full sun in well-drained soft top soil or sandy loam. Broadcast the seed at, or very near, the soil surface and incorporate lightly with raking. To ensure best coverage and avoid seed wastage we recommend using an appropriate seed spreader for the size of your area. Soil must remain damp throughout the germination period of both seeds and must be maintained for at least 1-2 weeks after sowing, through irrigation or natural rainfall.
Optimal Planting Time: Spring to late Summer (if access to watering) with soil temperatures consistently above 18 degrees. Cooler climates should plant in Summer. For cooler regions, we also recommend McKays Couch Blend.
Germination: Under ideal conditions, germination may begin within 7-10 days (climate and season dependent). Allow 10-21 days for full germination. Full coverage may be attained in 4-6 weeks. More time may be needed for establishment if sowing early or late in the season.
Water: Keep moist until the roots are well established, water consumption after this time should be significantly reduced.
Fertilising: Requires generous Nitrogen applications for optimum performance during the growing season. Fertiliser application recommended approximately 6 weeks after sowing during active growth phase.
First Mowing: When grass is 1/3 taller than the desired mowing height. Bermuda Couch performs best at mowing heights of 13-38mm.
Mowing Frequency: 1-2 times/week during active growth and remove no more than 1/3 of the leaf per mowing.
- The lower you mow it, the more often you need to mow
- In shady areas increase the mowing height of the grass
- Mowing is the best form of weed control
Disadvantages of Couchgrass:
- Does not tolerate shade well.
- As it is a warm climate grass it can lose its colour and become dormant over winter, particularly when exposed to frosts.
- It may go into summer dormancy after prolonged drought, but it survives with an intact surface which will green up rapidly whenever rain falls.
Seed & package details: 100% Sahara Bermuda Couch. Please note: This seed may be coated with a product used to improve germination and protect the seed. Batches of coating may vary in color.
Independently tested: 99% Min Germination, 98% purity. A seed testing certificate is available upon request.
Ideal Usage: Residential Lawns, Tees, Fairways, Sporting Grounds, Airports, Commercial Landscapes.
Where can I sow this grass in Australia? Australia wide.
Shade Tolerance: Poor
Daily Sunlight Required: 6+ hours
Drought Tolerance: Excellent
Frost Tolerance: Poor
Traffic Tolerance: Excellent, self repairing
Warm season grasses thrive during the warmer months in Spring and Summer and may go dormant in cooler climates through winter.
Cool season grasses thrive during the cooler months in Winter
Shade tolerance (Weather)
- Full Sun
- Part Shade
- Heavy Shade
- Full Shade
Drought tolerance (Weather)
Traffic tolerance (Weather)
Average days to germination
- 2-3 Weeks
- 2-4 Weeks
- 3-4 Weeks
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We have planted the seed with annual rye grass. The rye grass has germinated 4 days after planting. It is hard to see if there is any Burmuda grass yet but we have had an unseasonable cold snap. The service was great and seed and fertiliser arrived on time.
Arguably an Tassie's autumn is really something special but sometime potentially unpredictable enough with Bermuda Couch seeds germination rates between good and excellent...
I highly recommend McKays Gress Seeds for their rapid processing and delivery within a few days of ordering. I have had multiple orders of Bermuda Couch which have produced great lawns for my home over the Summer and Autumn, via great germination rates. Well done.
Bermuda Couch Grass Seed
Tried a few grass varieties in my town and they all struggled with the heat. Bermuda couch is looking fantastic so far with no signs of stress. Thanks again for advising of this variety for my area.