What is Cynodon ?

Cynodon Dactylon maintains the strong, dark-green colour that sets it above most other grass types even in poor soil conditions. It is a perennial grass which forms roots wherever a node touches the soil, resulting in dense lawn covering.  The grass has a flat, sharp-tipped, leaf blade which is soft to touch and comfortable under-foot.  Left to grow, it flowers from March to September, producing 3-7 slender spikes in a whorl around the axis.  Kweekgras is deep-rooted and drought-tolerant and although it can cope with long periods of flooding, it prefers well-drained, dry to moist soil.

Manicured Look


Cynodon has fine blades and grows to be dense, creating a rich green lawn-covering that is designed to impress.

High Traffic


Cynodon can tolerate high foot-fall and is excellent at repairing itself from stress, damage and
long periods of drought.

Weed Resistant


Cynodon’s density leaves little room for weed growth and it also tolerates broadleaf pesticides exceptionally well.

About Cynodon

Hard as nails even when things get tough

Cynodon, also know as couch grass, is a perennial, indigenous, fine-leafed grass variety that looks delicate, but is surprisingly hard-wearing. It is naturally found in tropical regions, meaning it prefers full sun and fairly regular watering. It prefers loamy, fertile soil, yet can be grown in a broad variety of conditions. Couch has a high salt tolerance, making it perfect for seaside settings.


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Reasons to love Cynodon

Cynodon is found naturally in tropical areas where annual rainfall ranges from 600–1,800mm, but it is water efficient and can survive drought conditions, meaning it can be planted anywhere with full sun. (It does not like shady areas.) The high salt tolerance of Cynodon makes it a good choice for coastal regions. Its toughness makes it ideal for sports fields and its fine leaf means that it is great for golf courses too.

High tolerance features
  • Does best in warm to hot climates
  • Tolerates high foot-traffic
  • Fine-leafed but hard-wearing
  • Fast recovery rate in area of wear or stress
  • Good tolerance to broadleaf herbicides
  • Maintains its colour for longer periods in adverse conditions
  • Tolerant to salt conditions (check)
  • Tolerant of a broad soil pH range
An Excellent Grass for Areas of Full Sun

Couch Grass, also known to many South Africans as kweek, does best in warm to hot climates and provides a good, rich green covering. It is ideal for full sun areas requiring at least 
5-6 hours of sunlight per day.

Hard Wearing

Couch Grass, also known to many South Africans as kweek, does best in warm to hot climates and provides a good, rich green covering. It is ideal for full sun areas requiring at least 5-6 hours of sunlight per day.


Fine leafed and manicured
to perfection

Is it real grass or astroturf? This is the question that will come to mind when passers-by stop to admire your perfectly manicured Couch grass lawn. Its dark green colour and dense texture create a velvety finish that is perfect for golf courses, sports fields and domestic gardens.


Growing Cynodon Dactylon

Couch grass can be planted year round but establishes more quickly in spring.  When newly planted, water at least once a week.  Cynodon is water efficient and once the lawn is well-established water thoroughly only if a slight wilting indicates a need.   It grows rapidly on almost all soil types although it does best in loamy, fertile soil and a sunny position.   Couch forms a dense, hardy lawn that excludes most weeds, but it tolerates broadleaf herbicides well.  At temperatures below freezing, the grass will die back but the rhizomes survive and once the weather warms up re-growth is rapid.

Good soil preparation will give your newly-laid turf the best growth advantage.  A soil test using more than one sample from the area you intend covering is a good starting point.  Simply mix the soil and submit it to your local laboratory for testing.   Turf grasses prefer well-aerated soil with a slightly acidic pH value.  Plan for a couple of weeks before the results come in and then for the adjustment time required thereafter.  Loosen the soil to a depth of about 15cm.  Add a good amount of compost, and mix in fertilizer or lime in compliance with the results from the soil test.

Careful measuring of the area you propose to cover is obviously important if you don’t want a shortfall, or find yourself paying for more than you require.  Take into account that you will be cutting the turf to fit around curves.   Level the soil and rake before your grass arrives and remember that it should be 25mm below paved area and sprinkler heads.  The soil needs to be moist when the turf is laid so water it well 24-48 hours beforehand.

Cynodon Prep

How to get things
prepared for Cynodon


Remove the stones,
weeds, stumps &
existing grass.


Turn the soil and top
dress with compost if
sandy or poor quality.


Create a raked smooth surface 20-30mm below the level of paths.

Laying your turf

Start by unrolling your turf along a straight edge such as a driveway or a patio, one at a time, end to end.  Try to avoid standing on the turf as you lay it and rake out areas of soil that are trodden down before laying the next section.  Straighten out any wrinkles and pat the strips down so that good contact is made between roots and soil.  Use whole pieces at this stage, reserving smaller pieces to tuck into gaps where all edges will touch other sod pieces. 

Cut the next piece of turf in half before you lay the second row and stagger the joints as you would with laying bricks.  Use your hose pipe to lay a curve and slice the turf with a lawn edging tool – a carpet knife is great for cutting openings around trees or other obstacles.

The seams should meet comfortably – push your thumbs along the edges to ensure that there are no air-pockets or areas of bare soil showing between the rows. Use a broom to brush topsoil or potting soil across the seams taking care not to lift loose turf edges.

Rolling the lawn after it is laid ensures that turf is well-bedded and the roots knit quickly with the soil. For the first three weeks while it’s establishing, limit traffic over the area, including pets and children.

Once installed, water your grass thoroughly, and continue to water daily for the first week unless it rains.  Don’t allow puddles to form and reduce watering to every second day after the first week, which encourages good root-growth.   A deeply-rooted lawn is a healthy lawn.  Water only twice in the third week and from week four, allow roughly 25mm penetration of water per week through irrigation or rainfall.

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