Comparison

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.

Winter Activity Winter Colour Winter Recovery Wear Tolerance Weeds Water Use Drought Tolerance Fertiliser Use Renovation
Village Green 4 stars

Vigourous

4 stars

Vigourous

4 stars

Vigourous

4 stars

Vigourous

4 stars

Vigourous

4 stars

Larger root system

4 stars

Larger root system

4 stars 1 star
Couch 4 stars

Tends to go dormant

4 stars

Tends to go dormant

4 stars

Tends to go dormant

4 stars

Low in winter

4 stars

Weed invasion early spring

4 stars 4 stars 4 stars

More needed in summer

1 star
Common Kikuyu 4 stars

Less vigour

4 stars

Pale Green Colour

4 stars

Slower

1 star

Less vigour

1 star

Less vigour

1 star

Smaller root system

1 star

Smaller root system

4 stars 1 star
Soft leaf Buffalo 4 stars

Less winter active

4 stars

Less winter active

4 stars

Less winter active

4 stars

Less winter active

4 stars

Less winter active

1 star 1 star 1 star 4 stars

Village Green vs Couch

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 does not produce unsightly seed heads
  • Couch can get into garden beds and be hard to remove

Village Green vs Kikuyu Comparison

Village Green outperforms Kikuyu in several ways:

  • It has a lush, dark green colour year ‘round’
  • It’s more active in winter
  • Looks and performs better

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