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Bermuda Couch Grass Seed

out of 5
(5 customer reviews)
  1. Lawn
  2. Sporting Field
  3. Heavy Traffic
  4. Erosion Control

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.

Seeding rates:

  • New Lawns: 10 grams per square meter (1kg/100m2)
  • Overseeding: 5 grams per square meter (1kg/200m2)


Please note: There are currently quarantine restrictions for seeds being sent to TAS and WA.

Tasmanian customers: When placing an online order, please document ‘ATT: TAS Biosecurity’ in the ‘Company’ section above the address line to enable faster processing of your seed through quarantine.

WA customers: Quarantine fees apply for seed inspection. Please contact McKays Seeds through the Contact Us link or via phone to discuss your options.

For more information see below in the Description and Features tabs to see if this grass suits you!

FROM $ 49.50

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Growth Rate



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.

Mowing Tips:

  • 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.

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



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  • Warm
  • Cool

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

Seed information

Shade tolerance (Weather)

  • Full Sun
  • Part Shade
  • Heavy Shade
  • Full Shade

Drought tolerance (Weather)

  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Traffic tolerance (Weather)

  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Frost tolerance

  • Poor
  • Moderate
  • Good
  • Excellent

Average days to germination

  • 2-3 Weeks
  • 2-4 Weeks
  • 3-4 Weeks

Free Shipping On All Orders Over $50

We provide free shipping to Australia for all orders where the total cart value exceeds $50.00 AUD

Standard Delivery

Australia Wide

$9 - Orders are dispatched within 24 hours via regular Australia post(3-5 Business days)

Express Post Transport Within Australia

Have your order sent via AusPost EXPRESS POST for a flat rate of $15

WA Customers

Due to quarantine restrictions, a $75 fee may apply on any seed products shipped to WA that would need to be cleared by customs. For any WA orders, contact us directly to enquire and place an oder

Pick-up Not Available

Unfortunately, we do not offer local pick-up

  • McKays Review
    5 out of 5

    Bermuda Couch Planted the Bermuda 3 weeks ago and very happy with the strike. Took 8 days to start coming through and after 3 weeks we have a good cover.


  • McKays Review
    5 out of 5

    Bermuda Couch Grass Seed Excellent germination ... 1/4 of the seed germinated in 5-10 days, with the remaining majority having germinated within 3 weeks


  • McKays Review
    5 out of 5

    QUALITY SEED GREAT PRICES Purchased some Bermuda Couch. Was going to be little tough growing outside the recommended area, but the seed supplied took off well and after 6 weeks have full ground coverage. The seed was by far and above anything I have bought from Bunnings and germination rate was much higher.


  • McKays Review
    5 out of 5

    4 DAYS TO SHOOT Very happy with the results from our seeds, after spreading and covering our seeds we were lucky enough to have a day of light rain seeds had lots of green shoots in 4 days.


  • McKays Review
    5 out of 5