Legend Couch Grass

Also known as the King of Couch grass. It has a lush, dark blue/green colour and has a great resistance to cooler temperatures. Depending on frost frequency, this variety may discolour and go dormant through winter.

Legend Couch has rapid establishment and an excellent ability to repair itself quickly. This is why Legend Couch has been chosen for Sports Fields such as Blue Tongue Stadium and ANZ Stadium.

Texture: Medium to fine.

Description: Regarded as a semi-dwarf variety which can be managed at low mowing heights. Dark green. Leaf width 2.0-2.8 mm, long leaves (averaging 75 mm) Stolons average 1 mm thick, with rhizomes 1.2 mm thick. Shoot emergence angle is 19° from the horizontal. High shoot density and horizontal growth habit gives a flat, firm and dense surface. Rapid lateral extension growth.

Use: Lawns (residential/commercial/industrial), streetscapes, sports grounds, golf fairways, parkland and soil stabilisation. Has been mown low (particularly in New South Wales, Australia) for use on tennis courts and cricket wickets.

Mowing height: May be mown with a rotary mower, but performs best when a cylinder mower is used. Inclined to form a heavy thatch layer. May scalp if not regularly mowed.

Lawn use: Summer: 10-12 mm; winter: 15-18 mm.

Method of propagation: Vegetative rolls, sprigging of stolons.

Preferred soil types: Best on sandy loams, pH 5.0 to 7.5 preferred.

Comments: Medium maintenance, with only moderate inputs of water, fertiliser and mowing needed for an acceptable surface. Can produce high levels of seed heads under low fertility conditions. Seed head production is low when well fertilised. Seed heads produce no pollen, making it a suitable grass for asthmatics. With repeated multiplication.

Heat: Excellent. Preferred temperature range is 20-35°C.

Cold: Winter colour poor. Enters an early winter dormancy, but holds colour in warmer climates. Browns under frosty conditions.

Shade: Poor. Requires full sun.

Drought: Moderate to high drought tolerance. Develops a deep fibrous root system. Recovers rapidly after water deprivation.

Salinity: Medium salinity tolerance.

Wear: Moderate to high wear tolerance. Forms a hard wearing surface. Repairs rapidly.

Herbicide sensitivity: Tolerant of a broad range of herbicides registered for couch, aiding weed management.

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