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OZTUFF®- Toughest yet. Nothing out wears OZTUFF

OZTUFF®- Toughest yet. Nothing out wears OZTUFF

OZTUFF Couch is an Australian-bred grass well able to cope with Australia’s harsh conditions. Aiding OZTUFF Couch’s strength is its robust deep-rooted system making it more drought resistant and wear tolerant than other Couch grasses.

OZTUFF Couch is a fine leaf, low maintenance grass requiring minimum input, low fertiliser and water requirements year-round. Along with its toughness, OZTUFF Couch boasts an eye-catching deep green colour even when grown in poor quality soils or where nutrition is low.

OZTUFF also has the highest salt tolerance of any couch variety making it suitable for beachfront properties and pool sides.

OZTUFF Couch Features

  • High Drought Tolerance
  • Medium-High Maintenance
  • High Wear Tolerance
  • High Salt Tolerance


High drought tolerance

OZTUFF has very high drought tolerance qualities and not only stays green longer but recovers faster following periods of drought stress.

The deep-rooted system helps to make OZTUFF Couch very water-efficient and therefore ideal for areas prone to water restrictions.

Medium-high maintenance

OZTUFF Couch doesn’t need a lot of fertiliser to maintain its deep dark green colour.

Much of OZTUFF’s growing is directed laterally meaning the lack of upright growth and fine leaf structure significantly reduce mowing frequency.

OZTUFF Couch’s has prostrate growth and develops few seed heads again resulting in less mowing and edging.

Due to OZTUFF’s deep-rooted system, it also has lower water requirements than other couch grasses.

Very high wear tolerance

OZTUFF has been ranked number 1 for wear tolerance grass types following a four-year industry study.

Behind OZTUFF Couch’s strength is its moderate thatch layer which provides high wearability and recovery by protecting the grass runners and stems growth.

High salt tolerance

OzTuff Couch Turf by the Sea

OzTuff is a salt tolerance turf variety.

OZTUFF turf is the best couch grass for salt areas.

It has demonstrated that it can handle saltwater levels 50% of that of seawater.

For OZTUFF Couch, growing close to a beach or on waterfront properties is not a problem.


OZTUFF Couch Lawn Care Advice



OZTUFF grass requires less mowing than other Couch varieties due to its horizontal growth habit.

Depending on how manicured you want your lawn to look, mow your OZTUFF Couch every 7 to 10 days in the hot months to a height of between 18mm-25mm.

In the cooler months, mow your OZTUFF Couch every 3 to 6 weeks to a height of between 25mm-30mm.

If after all the recommended fertilising the lawn still browns off in winter, lightly mow your OZTUFF Couch.


Water thoroughly and regularly after the OZTUFF Couch has been laid to encourage a deep and vigorous root system.

Once the root system is fully established, water OZTUFF Couch thoroughly only when needed (when a slight wilting is visible) – usually every 7-10 days in summer (on sandy soils more often) and with much less water in cooler months.

If water restrictions occur and you can’t water – don’t panic – if your OZTUFF Couch is fully established than it may brown off slightly but will green-up when you can water again, or it rains.

Watering your OZTUFF in a dry winter can improve winter colour.

It is best to water your OZTUFF in the early morning.

Remember, that infrequent deep watering promotes a healthy OZTUFF lawn.


Fertilizer Being Applied to Lawn

Fertilise your OZTUFF Couch at the start of spring and again, at the start of autumn with a slow-release fertiliser.

Watering after fertilising also helps activate the slow-release fertiliser.

As OZTUFF Couch has a low nutritional requirement don’t overfeed – instead save!

If you want a quick green-up of your OZTUFF Couch than apply a high nitrogen fertiliser.

In the heat of summer avoid over fertilising your OZTUFF lawn or using manure-based products.


OZTUFF’s dense mat forming nature acts like a mulch inhibiting the establishment of lawn weeds.

OZTUFF Couch is tolerant of all post and pre-emergent herbicides registered for use on green Couch.

Pests and Diseases

OZTUFF Couch’s performance has shown that common grass pests (such as Couch Mite and Lawn Grub) and diseases are less active.

If required, all commonly available insecticides are suitable for use on OZTUFF Couch.

Best planting time

OZTUFF grass can be laid anytime of the year in Brisbane and northern Queensland.  For other areas, OZTUFF Couch prefers to be installed when the weather is not too cold.

Avoid laying in the following months – please note this is only a guide.

  • NSW and VIC: From May 15 – August 15

Finding an OZTUFF Couch Supplier

Turf Supplier Laying New LawnOZTUFF Couch turf can be found in Queensland and New South Wales.

Your local grower suppliers can easily be found with our online supplier locator tool.

Price-wise and for a low maintenance Couch, OZTUFF costs between $8 and $14 per square metre. To get more OzTuff pricing info, visit our OzTuff information page and get 3 quotes from your local growers today.

OZTUFF Couch Facts

OzTuff Couch Grass Layed in Backyard

Maintenance: OZTUFF has very low to medium maintenance requirements.

Water efficiency: OZTUFF Couch is an efficient water user and highly drought tolerant –ideal for areas of low rainfall or council restrictions.

Wear tolerance: OZTUFF’s deep rooted system means it copes well under tough wearing conditions.

Salt resistant: OZTUFF is the best couch variety for growing within salty conditions.

Low nutritional requirements: OZTUFF’s low nutritional requirements save time and money.

Colour: OZTUFF Couch stays green longer in poorer quality soils or where nutrition is low.

Shade tolerance: OZTUFF has low shade tolerance.

Weed resistance: OZTUFF Couch’s dense ground cover inhibits weeds.

Recommended Products

Bow and Arrow 500mL

Bow and Arrow 500mL is one of the most effective broadleaf liquid herbicides on the market. Suitable for Zoysia, Kikuyu, Couch and Buffalo grasses however transient discolouration may occur on Kikuyu, Carpet and Queensland Blue Couch lawns. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.



myhomeTURF recommends OxaFert, which is a combination product containing both fertiliser and pre-emergent herbicide. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.


LawnPride Maintain 26-2-9 + 3.4 Fe 20kg

Lawn Pride Maintain 26-2-9 + 3.4 Fe 20kg is one of the most popular granular all-round lawn fertilisers on the market with the active ingredients of Nitrogen (N – 26), Phosphorus (P – 2), Potassium(K – 9) and Iron (Fe – 3.4). Suitable for ZoysiaKikuyuCouch and Buffalo grasses. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.


Acelepryn GR 10kg

Acelepryn GR 10kg Bag provides unmatched granular seasonal control against seasonal Long Grub and Caterpillar control in one single application. Suitable for ZoysiaKikuyuCouch and Buffalo grasses. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.


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