Lawn Varieties
everything for lawn care all in one place
providing dependable & original lawn tips since 2008
The Lawn Guide
Zoysia Grass
A Fine Leaf Zoysia Lawn

Couch or Zoysia

For anyone considering purchasing a new lawn for their home, Couch is often one of the first grass types to be considered. And why not… Couch has a long and trusted history as a home lawn, it has a nice fine leaf, is easily maintained, looks great when looked after correctly, and can be easily treated for most weeds, pests and disease.

However, from one perspective, homeowners who are thinking about a new Couch lawn, can also consider another lawn variety which looks not too dissimilar to Couch, with a similar fine leaf, and is a little easier care as well. And the grass referred to here is called Zoysia.


Benefits Of Couch

Let’s start with the advantages of owning a Couch lawn. Couch really is a very good all round grass type, it’s cheap to buy, it handles wear and tear very well, repairs itself from damage fast, is quick to grow, has a pleasant fine leaf, and when maintained properly can be a rather easy lawn to get right when it comes to creating a lawn with either an acceptable or even brilliant appearance - depending on how much work we’re prepared to put into the lawn. Couch is also highly tolerant of almost all pesticides and herbicides, and is very drought tolerant.


Disadvantages Of Couch

Every lawn type has disadvantages, including both Couch and Zoysia. But for the purpose here of considering a Zoysia lawn over Couch, let’s have a look at Couch.

Couch is very intolerant of any shade, it requires the most amount of direct sunlight of all the grass types - along with Kikuyu, and will simply no longer flourish or even grow at all sometimes when surrounding trees begin to grow, or other structures or gardens are creating excessive shade levels.

Couch is a very vigorous growing grass, which means it requires frequent lawn mowing, de-thatching (vertimowing) every so often, and can also invade garden beds and paths, and if left for too long without mowing, can become long and straggly.

Couch is also susceptible to all lawn diseases, lawn pests and weeds, and requires ongoing regular lawn fertilising in order to maintain a lush dark green appearance.

The purpose here is not to put Couch down, just in being honest in saying that this well loved grass is just a normal grass like most others, in that it has negatives as well as positives. And for the purpose of this article, we’ve listed these things, so we can then compare the difference with a Zoysia lawn for these same traits.

Zoysia Grass Comparison
Considering Zoysia

Considering A Zoysia Lawn

The purpose of this article is simply to compare two fine leaf lawns with each other. With the strong and long history of Couch, we simply believe that Zoysia - as another finer leaf lawn could be considered as a worthwhile alternative to Couch, which may also be stronger in some areas where Couch is susceptible. However, all lawns do have positives and negatives, and this goes for Zoysia also.

Zoysia grass lawns such as Compadre, Nara, Empress, Empire and others all have all of the advantages of Couch, including having a finer leaf blade - though not as fine as Couch, excellent tolerance for chemical sprays such as herbicides and pesticides, can tolerate heat stress and drought, and have good wear and tear properties.

But apart from all of these same advantages that Couch has, Zoysia has a few more. Zoysia can tolerate shade much better than Couch (although not as good as Buffalo), it has a low invasive nature so it won't invade garden beds as vigorously, it grows slower than Couch and so requires less mowing, and requires almost no de-thatching at all, and is reported to be naturally resistant to invasions of lawn grubs such as Sod Webworm and Armyworm.

And like Couch, Zoysia is also a lovely soft lawn.


Other Considerations

Whereas Couch is tough, and can repair itself quickly from damage, Zoysia is a little different in its strengths and weaknesses. Zoysia can withstand wear and tear for longer - based on the high silica content in its plant structure, but it may not repair itself from damage as quickly as Couch can - once it does get damaged, just because it naturally grows a little slower than Couch.

While some homeowners may consider the slightly higher outlay to purchase Zoysia over Couch, this may be small in comparison to savings to be made over the life of the Zoysia lawn. Savings in money in mowing costs, pesticides, de-thatching and fertiliser.

So if you are considering a new fine leaf grass, such as a Couch lawn, then why not also give some thought and have a look at Zoysia as well.





All content original and copyright
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Tips
you may also like one of
these lawn care articles...
General Lawn Care
IMAGE
Lawn lacking in colour Lawn Is Losing Colour This article continues...
IMAGE
Using lawn fertilisers properly How Does Fertiliser Burn Lawns...
IMAGE
Fertilisers are food for lawns The Role Of Lawn Fertilisers We see...
Lawn Repair
IMAGE
An alternative method to aerate a lawn Lawn Coring Alternatives In...
IMAGE
A specialist lawn coring machine The Lawn Coring and Aeration Process...
IMAGE
A bare patch caused by excessive shade Bare or Dead Lawn Patches...
Lawn Watering
IMAGE
A malfunctioning sprinkler Checking Reticulation Our reticulation...
IMAGE
Correct retic sprinkler heights Lawn Sprinkler Heights Whether laying...
IMAGE
Watering too often Excessive Watering Of Lawns When we talk about...
Lawn Mowing
IMAGE
Lawn mower maintenance Preparing For A New Lawn Mowing Season Spring...
IMAGE
Honda UMK425u A Review Of A Honda 4 Stroke Brushcutter This review...
IMAGE
Push Lawn Mower Introduction to Push Mowers The push lawn mower is a...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
IMAGE
Lawn mowing as weed control An Easy Way To Stop Weeds Spreading...
IMAGE
Anatomy of Canadian Fleabane How To Kill Canadian Fleabane Canadian...
IMAGE
Common Chickweed in Flower How To Kill Chickweed Chickweed is a...
Lawn Varieties
IMAGE
Dichondra in a shaded area Managing Lawns In Shaded Areas With...
IMAGE
A Palmetto Soft Buffalo Lawn Palmetto Soft Leaf Buffalo Palmetto,...
IMAGE
Soft Leaf Buffalo Lawn Soft Leaf Buffalo Grass Once upon a time,...
THE LAWN GUIDE ©


Different lawn types available in Australia, including independent and unbiased reviews of popular brands of turf for sale in Australia today
independent lawn care tips for australian lawns

Lawn Care Facts
Lawn Fact:
Good lawn health helps to fight lawn diseases, reduces the infestation of pests, and helps reduce weed seeds from taking a foothold.
Professional lawn care videos sharing quality lawn care tips in an easy video format - click to watch
killing & keeping weeds from lawns video
meanings to the most common terms
used in lawn care practices in australia
Lawn Care Expert
Respected Australian turf and plant breeder Todd Layt shares expert lawn care advice with lawn lovers
LINK TO THE LAWN GUIDE
Grab this image and link to Australia's original & favourite source of quality lawn care tips
THE BUFFALO LAWN CARE SITE
Lawn care tips for Australia's favourite shade grass
Organic lawn care advice to create environmental benefit from our lawns
IMAGE
Lawn Clippings Are Full Of Natural Nutrients Lawn clippings from mowing are an excellent...
IMAGE
Lawn Mowing Heights to Save Water and Keep Lawns Healthy In keeping with the principles of...
IMAGE
Borax Ant Killer Recipe This method of ant control creates a mixture of a few ingredients...
A low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn for all warmer regions
IMAGE
Zoysia and Winter Are Not Good Friends The one single drawback which stops Zoysia being the...
IMAGE
Zoysia Seed, Sod or Plugs After deciding on Zoysia as a new lawn type for your home or...
IMAGE
Roadsides are perfect for Zoysia Zoysia - The Great Choice For Low & Medium Use Government...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
IMAGE
Where Do Lawns Come From We're all very accustomed to our lawns these days, they seem to be...
IMAGE
Understanding Couch Grass In Queensland Like so many other aspects of Australian life, prior...
IMAGE
This is a media summary for the independent research which we reference on The Lawn Guide,...

Lawn Care Topics
the lawn guide ~ australia's leading source of quality lawn care information