Queensland Blue Couch Seed (agriCOTE Enhanced)

Queensland Blue Couch (Digitaria didactyla) is a very popular choice for home-owners in the warmer parts of Australia.  It is known for its low growing lush coverage, which provides a soft, weed resistant lawn.  It is a very soft, deep blue-green, fine textured grass that has good drought tolerance once its roots have grown deeply.  It does not thatch up like many other warm climate grasses.

AgriCote is a tailored seed coating treatment applied to Queensland Blue Couch that combines all the AgriCote technologies into one high performing seed coat that promotes faster moisture uptake by the seed and better establishment.

Due to WA Dept. of Agriculture customs regulations, Qld Blue Couch seed will not be shipped to Western Australia

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Queensland Blue Couch Seed (agriCOTE Enhanced)

Queensland Blue Couch (Digitaria didactyla) is a very popular choice for home-owners in the warmer parts of Australia.  It is known for its low growing lush coverage, which provides a soft, weed resistant lawn.  It is a very soft, deep blue-green, fine textured grass that has good drought tolerance once its roots have grown deeply.  It does not thatch up like many other warm climate grasses.

Queensland Blue Couch has a similar appearance to a genuine Couch grass, but with a wider leaf blade which tapers into a pointy tip.  It has an attractive blue green colour which can turn slightly purple in the Queensland Winter.

Queensland Blue was made popular in Southern Queensland due to its optimum performance and suitability to that region, although it is also highly suitable to many other regions around Australia. Queensland Blue Couch has also been a long time and often used grass for home lawns for the Australian home, it has a lovely soft texture, mows beautifully with a cylinder mower or rotary, is less aggressive than real couches, and doesn’t thatch up nearly as quickly as Couch grass.  Once mowed, it never leaves an unsightly appearance of cut and exposed stolons (runners) like other lawns may do.  Queensland Blue Couch, is neither from Queensland, nor is it a Couch. 

Queensland blue couch is an excellent choice to produce a soft, fine leaf grass lawn which as its name suggests has a blue-green tinge. It is ideal for tropical and subtropical areas, where it grows well on a wide range of neutral to acid soils.

agriCOTE Seed Coating Technology

  • Lime Coating – Creates a favourable germination environment.
  • NPKS & Trace Elements – provides immediate seedling nutrition.
  • Growth Promotant – promotes establishment and seed vigour.
  • Bonding Polymer – bonding AgriCOTE seed capsule.
  • Protective Polymer – protects and isolates bacteria.
  • Increased seed size and weight allows for easier more precise spreading.

Seed Details: 100% Queensland Blue Couch Seed (not a blend)

In Queensland, it is tolerant of very acid soils (pH 5.5 and lower) and is a very dominant grass when compared to other warm season varieties, particularly under low fertility conditions. It has good drought tolerance and recovers well from drought following rainfall events.

QLD blue couch doesn’t have great shade tolerance like other warm season varieties, however is tolerant of temporary waterlogging.

Queensland Blue Couch is not the same as normal couch.  Couch has stolons and rhizomes, whereas Queensland Blue Couch only has stolons.  It is slightly more shade-tolerant than couch but is not as resistant to wear, close cutting and dry weather. Blue couch makes a beautiful lawn and is best suited to southern coastal Queensland, the north coast of New South Wales and southern parts of Western Australia. It has higher nutritional requirements than normal couch and can be identified versus normal couch due to a 2 winged seed head. It doe not tolerate as many herbicides as green couch does (as it is not a couch species).  Planting from seed provides a quicker method of establishment than sprigs. The best time to establish it is spring or early summer.

Why is a Queensland Blue Couch Lawn so Good?

QLD Blue Couch is a common turf variety used for domestic and commercial lawns. It’s also been used extensively on sports fields and a variety of gardens and parks throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and the Northern Rivers regions.

Like other blue couches QLD Blue has an attractive blue green colour. It produces minimal seed heads compared to standard couch varieties meaning an easier to mow lawn for the home owner or commercial maintenance person.

QLD Blue is known for its low growing lush coverage, which not only gives the end user a strong, weed resistant lawn but also provides a nice soft feel. Compared to standard couch varieties (like Wintergreen) QLD Blue Couch doesn’t have the wear capabilities but it will recover quickly if damaged. It has good drought tolerance once its roots have grown deeply, however it can turn slightly purple during the Queensland winter.

Queensland Blue Couch is native to Australia, which is why it has been so successfully grown in the harshest environments. Queensland Blue Couch is widely found to be the lawn of homes in older, more established areas of South East Queensland (and should be considered if matching up to an existing lawn in these areas). This reliable variety has the ability to adapt to the harsh environment that South East Queensland offers up, and is best known for its rapid growth response after even small amounts of rain. Queensland Blue Couch was widely used for lawns that didn’t receive a lot of attention in the past. If you are looking for a prestige lawn, then Queensland Blue Couch can be manicured into a bowling green as well. Its open structure coupled with a soft blue/green leaf makes this grass a stand out.

Pack Sizes: 1kg & 5kg, 10kg & 25kg

Package Contents: 100% Queensland Blue Couch Grass Seed

Due to WA Dept. of Agriculture customs regulations, Qld Blue Couch seed will not be shipped to Western Australia

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Features & Benefits

Features – Turf

  • Attractive blue/green turf that is soft to feel with good weed resistance.
  • Lush soft feel underfoot, appearance and touch.
  • A dedicated sun lover requiring 6 to 7 hours sunlight for optimum performance.
  • Requires less mowing than green couch varieties.
  • Does not scalp after mowing.
  • Wears well in most household situations.
  • Recovers well with light watering.
  • Can be mowed very low for bowls or croquet.
  • Tolerant of temporary waterlogging.
  • Suitable for domestic & commercial lawns, sports fields, parks and gardens.
  • Ideally suited to warmer tropical and sub-tropical climate and conditions.

AgriCote Seed Coating:

  • NPK macronutrients and trace elements that are immediately available to the seedling.
  • Greater plant establishment.
  • Growth promoting chemicals included for improved early vigour.
  • Greater earlier root growth and development.
  • A more robust seedling for slow establishment grasses.
  • Protection against biting and sucking insects.
  • Protection against fungal diseases.
  • Improved tolerance to stress.
  • Dormancy breaking technology which is not available in any other seed coat.
  • Lime Coating – Creates a favourable germination environment
  • NPKS & Trace Elements – provides immediate seedling nutrition
  • Growth Promotant – promotes establishment and seed vigour
  • Bonding Polymer – bonding AgriCOTE seed capsule
  • Protective Polymer – protects and isolates bacteria

Directions Of Use

Seeding Rates

New Turf

  • 10 – 20 grams per square meter (1-2kg’s/100m2).

Overseeding

  • 5  – 10 grams per square meter (500gm – 1kg/100m2)

Planting Tips:

  • Plant into soft top soil or sandy loam.
  • Broadcast the seed at, or very near, the soil surface and incorporate lightly with raking.
  • Best coverage and reduced seed wastage is achieved by using a seed spreader for the size of the area.
  • Soil must remain damp throughout the germination period and must be maintained for at least 1-2 weeks after sowing, through irrigation or natural rainfall.
  • Apply fertiliser several times per year to improve the overall look and performance of the lawn.
  • Mow approximately 4 weeks after germination.  Summer conditions require mowing weekly and in Winter mow every 2nd or 3rd week.

Required Sunlight: 6-7 hours of direct sun per day

Drought Tolerance: Adapts to the harsh environment

Weed Tolerance: Resistant to disease and weed invasion

Type of Grass: Soft appearance and touch

Mowing Height: 12 – 30 mm

Recovery: Recovers quickly after watering

Establishment: Conditions permitting, 10 – 14 days

Best time to plant: Spring & Summer.

Sowing Rates New Turf: 10 – 20 grams per square meter (1-2kg’s/100m2).

Sowing Rates Overseeding: 5  – 10 grams per square meter (500gm – 1kg/100m2)


Tolerances Rating (QLD, NSW, NT, SA & ACT)

Heat: High

Drought: High

Shade: Medium

Wear and Tear: High/Medium

Frost: Medium

Wet Soil: Low (Good tolerance to temporary water logging)

pH: Medium: Grows well on a wide range of neutral to acid soils; it is tolerant of very acid soils- pH 5.5 and lower.

Tips to prepare your lawn for winter.

 

 

WHP Not applicable.

Due to WA Dept. of Agriculture customs regulations, Qld Blue Couch seed will not be shipped to Western Australia

 

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