What is the Best Couch Grass? - Lawn Solutions Australia

What is the Best Couch Grass?

The best couch grass in Australia is TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda (Couch).

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TifTuf has proven itself as the best performer in independent trials both here in Australia and in the US compared to other couch grasses.

  • Best Winter Colour
  • Best Drought Tolerance
  • Best Strength and Density
  • Best Turf Quality

In Australia, the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) conducted a trial evaluating the “Performance of bermuda (couch) grass cultivars under different shade, irrigation and wear treatments”. The Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) conducts world-leading testing and research for developing innovative techniques and products to improve turfgrass and sports surfaces.


TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda was a clear stand-out performer in this trial outperforming all other available couch grasses.

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TifTuf was also the best performing couch grass in US turf trials called the NTEP (National Turf Evaluation Program). TifTuf led from the front and was in the top 25% of grasses across all states and measures trialled, over 92.9% of the time.

tiftuf in ntep

Which couch grass is the most drought-tolerant?

TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda is the world’s leading turf grass for superior water efficiency and drought tolerance. The only grass in Australia or the world to be awarded the Smart Approved WaterMark for drought tolerance is TifTuf.

the smart approved water mark

TifTuf was bred to be drought tolerant and save water. With TifTuf becoming the new benchmark when it comes to measuring the drought tolerance of turf. Read drought trial results here.

tiftuf drought tolerancegrass comparison

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What is the most hard-wearing couch grass?

TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda is the most hard-wearing and has incredible recovery and self-repairing qualities. When subjected to a range of trials under different shade, irrigation and wear treatments, TifTuf was the best-performing turf grass trialled.

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tiftuf couch trials

What grass do they use on sports fields in Australia?

Most elite sporting surfaces in Australia are couch grass surfaces. Hybrid couch (Bermuda) grasses in recent years show superior qualities and are the go-to surface for installation on new and improved sporting turf facilities. For sports fields looking to install the best grass for their facilities, the best couch grass is TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda.

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TifTuf at Redcliffe Dolphins Stadium

TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda is the product of almost 25 years of research and development from one of the world’s leading turfgrass breeders, the University of Georgia in Tifton. Tifton is famous for grasses like Tif Eagle, Tif Sport and now TifTuf.

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TifTuf at Brighton Homes Arena

Out of tens of thousands of couch grasses, TifTuf was selected as the best performing and most drought-tolerant turf trialled.

There are new couch grasses that have entered the Australian market in recent years. But new grasses do not mean better. TifTuf also outperformed these grasses in the extensive trials conducted throughout the US National Turf Evaluation program and during trials here in Australia.

What grass has the best winter colour?

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TifTuf features in the first and third plots in this image.

In the image above there are two different couch grass varieties, both subjected to the same difficult conditions. The first plot on the left and the third plot, are both TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda. This photo was taken on the winter solstice, the shortest daylight hours of the year, when sunlight is limited and temperatures are low.

TifTuf has been shining in all trials for winter colour. We have seen this domestically, commercially and in Australian trials. The data from the US National Turf Evaluation Program replicated this as well with TifTuf (and Tifway) leading the way.

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australia's best couch grass

TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda is available exclusively through Lawn Solutions Australia.

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