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Characteristics of Queensland Blue Couch

Often referred to as Queensland Blue Couch, this favourite lawn type is neither from Queensland, nor is it a Couch. 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.


Blue Couch, Past - Present and Future

The Blue is True. Yes, Queensland Blue Couch Grass does have a beautiful dark green / bluish appearance that is very attractive. It also requires minimal de-thatching (vertimowing) when compared to other warm season grasses.

While the popularity of Queensland Blue has decreased over the years, this seems to be due to the fact that other grass types - such as Couch, Buffalo, Zoysia and Kikuyu have all had a lot of intensive breeding put into these lawn varieties from many different sources, thus the overall improvement of these lawns has also increased, and they have each become more popular as a result.

Unfortunately, Queensland Blue has not had that same amount of breeding put into it, and so has fallen behind for a while. However… the good news for lovers of this grass is that over recent years - more breeding and improvement of performance is now being undertaken to provide a lawn of far higher quality than in days past. And so we can begin to see these new variants of Queensland Blue looking promising to bring the popularity of this lawn back once more. All of which is already happening... perhaps at a turf farm near you.


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