Couch and kikuyu are the usual warm season turf types used on sports ovals and public open spaces. Kikuyu is regarded  as a poor cousin to couch,  but with the development of Village Green, this is no longer the case.

See how Village Green compares with couch and kikuyu in the table below.

Village Green Couch Common Kikuyu
Winter growth and colour 4 starsActive and green all year 4 starsMay become dormant in winter 4 starsLess winter active than Village Green
Wear tolerance 1 starHigh all year thanks to winter activity 4 stars

Minimal in winter

1 star

Less wear tolerance than Village Green

Weed resistance 2 starsGood due to density 3 starsMay be low because of winter dormancy 3 starsNot as weed resistance as Village Green
Drought tolerance 2 starsGood due to thick rhizomes and massive root system 3 stars 3 starsLess drought tolerant than Village Greed Turf
Fertiliser needs 2 starsLow because of huge root system 2 starsHigh fertiliser need for an acceptable colour 3 starsHigher fertiliser need than Village Green grass
Renovation tolerance 3 starsThick rhizomes mean it handles heavy renovation 3 stars 3 starsLess extensive roots and rhizomes mean does not renovate as well as Village Green
Mowing need 2 starsOK to use reel or rotary mower 2 starsReel mower preferable 3 stars
Shade tolerance 2 stars 3 stars 3 stars


Village GreenvsCouch

Village Green is superior to Couch in every way:

  • It actively grows in winter while couch stays dormant.
  • Couch’s winter dormancy, plus wear means more weeds,
  • Village Green needs less fertiliser than Couch
  • Unlike Couch, Village Green has limited seed production.
  • Couch can get into garden beds and be hard to remove

Village Green vsKikuyu Comparison

Village Green outperforms Kikuyu in several ways:

  • Less invasive and easier to remove from garden beds
  • It has a lush, dark green colour year ‘round’
  • It’s more active in winter
  • Looks and performs

To quantify the advantage Village Green has over common types of Kikuyu, measurements of stolon thickness, internode length and root volume were taken and compared. The results in the table below speak for themselves.

kikuyu village greens comparsions

Strips of common kikuyu and Village Green were planted side by side on an oval in a high wear, poor soil area in front of the club house. Both had the same maintenance and wear.

Common Kikuyu
Village Green
The Village Green Advantage
Total Root Length
450 mm
930 mm
More than double the root volume for more efficient uptake of nutrient & water
Stolons Thickness
3.4 mm
4.4 mm
30% thicker stolons for greater sod strength and better survival
Internode length
77 mm
43 mm
45% shorter internode length for higher density
Winter Colour
2.8 rating
5.0 rating
Improved winter colour for year round quality