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Nokman
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Long Couch Grass
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Hi all

 

I've recently taken over a very nice property with couch grass front and back. It seems to be very long and the owner has mentioned that perhaps it needs De-thatching. It has been/can be cut at a level 6 (Honda Hru 216) but I've started cutting it at at level 5 to try and bring it down and perhaps take out a bit of the thatching at the same time. Ideally, I'd like to be able come and mow it fortnightly on a level 4 or so and without scalping too much etc.

 

What are your thoughts??

 

If it really knocked it back on say a level 4 would that help or are we stuck on having high couch? Even now mowing it on a level 5 now 'browns out' a lot of areas and creates heaps of clippings to be dealt with.

 

I once saw a contractor mow a couch lawn down to almost nothing and was shocked as it looked like he'd really buggered it, only to notice of the following week/s the grass come back lovely, green, fine and obviously a maintainable short level.

 

Cheers


Posted 05 November 2017 - 12:30 PM

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Long Couch Grass
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Not sure for your state but over here, you can mow couch really short and have it like a bowling lawn, but this also requires a lot more maintenance, care and water.

 

I have a vertimower and when you dethatch couch you take it down to virtually roots only, which gives you a firm surface, but and I do stress but, you need to water it daily for the first week followed by a light fertilise a week later and water 3 days week for another 2 weeks and will come back beautiful, also I use MEY reel mowers.

 

Short answer, couch recovers really well provided its watered.


Posted 05 November 2017 - 01:44 PM

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Thanks Bakes. I'll keep that in mind and just keep trying to get it down lower. Appreciate the post cut advice too.


Posted 05 November 2017 - 03:54 PM

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Long Couch Grass
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get away from levels on you mower,  know you length by millimeters you  should know you cut heights for grasses.

 

Just dethatch it by cutting it down to 10-15mm leave the clippings on the lawn just blow out any lumps.

 

winter time when couch is dormant you cant scalp it or it will stay scalped brown for months. the previous lawnie may have just been trimming it over the winter to avoid scalping and it has got high, it needs a low scalp cut when it starts growing


Posted 05 November 2017 - 07:41 PM

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Thanks Macka.


Posted 07 November 2017 - 01:07 PM




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