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Ki-Couchi

Versatile combination lawn

Ki-Couchi is approximately 90% Kikuyu and 10% Wintergreen Couch giving you a soft, durable and drought resistant lawn.

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  • Medium & fine leaf
  • Emerald Green colour
  • Drought tolerant
  • Hardy and durable
  • Fast repair
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Why Ki-Couchi?

The combination of two lawns that gives you the best of both. At time of harvest the mix is approximately 90% Kikuyu and 10% Wintergreen Couch.

Growth Rate

The growth rate is subject to the amount of water applied. If you apply sufficient amounts of water the kikuyu will dominate and make the couch hard to see. If you water less and the kikuyu is not satisfied the couch will dominate.


Uses

Ki-Couchi is excellent in high traffic areas such as school ovals and sporting fields. It is the lawn we recommend for children and pets due to its vigorous growth rate which enables it to repair from wear and tear quickly.


Drought Tolerance

Under WA conditions, Ki-Couchi has the benefits of Kikuyu Winter growth and the drought tolerance of couch in Summer.

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Excellent Very Good Good Once Established
Water Consumption A deep rooting variety that survives on two applications of water.
Shade Tolerance Will tolerate up to 50% shade.
Wear Tolerance Good with all dogs and pedestrian traffic. Re-grows quickly.
Mowing Prefers regular mowing, though very forgiving if neglected.
Fertilising Very small amounts every three months will keep it green all year.
Invasiveness Requires garden kerbing then is easily controlled using an edger or whipper snipper.

Establishment

  • Soil

    When establishing a new lawn, people often overlook the importance of a good quality soil. The right soil will give your lawn the best possible start and help to prevent nutrient deficiencies and water problems.

    Lovegrove Turf strongly advises incorporating Bentonite Clay into sandy Perth soils. Bentonite is a natural clay product with no added chemicals, it provides long term benefits for water and fertiliser efficiency which saves you money and time. To have the best outcome Bentonite needs to be incorporated into your soil with organic matter like Humus.

  • Time

    Ki-Couchi lawn has a short establishment time. Where other lawns could take up to one year to fully establish, Ki-Couchi can take only three months. This means that for areas where some traffic cannot be avoided you will have a shorter waiting period before being able to fully make use of your lawn.

  • Traffic

    If you are purchasing Ki-Couchi for a high traffic area it is recommended to reduce the traffic for the first few weeks. In the warmer months Ki-Couchi should establish quickly, however it is still important to monitor wear and tear during this early period.

  • Care

    Lawn should not be mowed until rolls have produced adequate roots. This should happen between 2 and 4 weeks and can be confirmed by checking that the rolls have secured themselves to the soil.

Maintenance

  • Mowing

    Weekly mowing is recommended in summer as with any well looked after lawn. Never remove more than one third of the leaf blade per mow, as this will remove a significant amount of the green food producing body. Less mowing is required in winter.

  • Thatch

    All lawns produce thatch as this is a natural by-product of healthy growth. Thatch will prevent water and nutrients from getting to the roots where they are needed. This can be removed through verti-mowing and should be done at least once a year.

  • Fertilising

    For establishing or repairing of turf, the application should be 10kg per 50m2 of
    Eco-Prime NPK Red fertiliser.

    For optimum health of your lawn it is recommended to fertilise at a maintenance rate of 10kg per 100m2 every 6-8 weeks for 6 months after installation and every 12 weeks there after.

    Remember, always water thoroughly to activate the fertiliser and prevent any possible leaf burn.

     



Watering Schedule

Summer schedule

Use 10mm of water per session, increasing to 25mm from week 4.

Week 1:

Three times a day at 9am, 12 Noon and 3pm

Week 2:

Twice a day at 10am and 2pm

Week 3:

Once a day at 12 Noon

Week 4 - 8:

Once every second day in the morning.

Week 8 onwards and established lawns:

Twice a week in the morning.

Winter schedule

Need to use common sense but we recommend following the summer schedule from week 3.

Water exemptions

Water authority exemptions are available when establishing new lawns. Call 13 13 85 for details.

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