Santa Ana Couch

RRP: $11.80 - $12.80 per m2

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Santa Ana couch is the original USA hybrid couch grass made famous in South Australia by Brian Munn during the 1970s. Santa Ana is a fine textured turf, extremely hard wearing, drought tolerant and can tolerate pet traffic very well. Santa Ana is a fast spreading grass suitable for high wear, full sun areas.


Santa Ana is best described in one word; tough. When it comes to extensive traffic and the rigours of South Australian summers, Santa Ana will happily tolerate the most adverse of conditions and regenerate quickly. It thrives in the hot, dry conditions that cause grief to many other grass varieties, and handles high levels of traffic well. Santa Ana is suited to both residential and commercial use, where a drought-tolerant, hard-wearing turf is desired, and full sun conditions are present. 


Drought Tolerance Excellent once established.
Hot Weather Tolerance Excellent. Will prefer warmer, full-sun conditions.
Cold Tolerance May lose some colour over Winter, but will tolerate the cooler weather well.
Salt Tolerance Excellent. Will tolerate up to 5000ppm.
Mowing Height 10-15mm in Spring, Summer and early Autumn, 20mm in late Autumn and Winter.
Recovery from Injury Excellent. Rhizomes will enable quick recovery.
Use For full-sun, high-traffic areas in both sporting and residential situations.
Texture Fine, carpet-like appearance.


Low Water Use

Santa Ana is extremely drought tolerant, surviving in the hottest and driest of conditions. It can get by on South Australia's natural rainfall, however, watering once a week during the warmer weather is recommended to achieve a greener, more uniform look, and a faster-repairing lawn. The underground rhyzomes Santa Ana has are what make it so tolerant, as they are able to store water for future use by the plant.


Santa Ana has underground rhyzomes and above ground stolons that allow it to repair quickly. It will spread into bare patches and form a dense cover, especially when kept short. Additionally, it has a short dormancy period over winter, so it will continue repairing itself further into the cooler weather than some other grass varieties. 


Santa Ana is an all-round tough grass. Its rapid growth rate allows it to withstand higher levels of traffic, including use in some sporting facilities such as ovals, golf-courses and cricket pitches. The higher level of thatch Santa Ana produces also helps it tolerate traffic better than slower grower grass varieties.

Fine Appearance

Santa Ana has a fine leaf blade. When kept at 10-15mm high on even ground, this produces a carpet-like appearance that can be further encouraged by regular watering and fertilising.

Low Seed Head Production

Santa Ana is a hybrid between two couch varieties, one of which produces very little seed heads. Some creeping and spreading may occur by the runners, but the seeds themselves will not cause spreading.



Santa Ana will require mowing around every 7-14 days. Typically, it is mown short, both for appearance and to minimise a build-up of thatch. Santa Ana's high thatch production helps it tolerate traffic, but if not maintained can lead to a spongy lawn. A height of 10-15mm in full sun, but up to 30mm over Winter is best. Both a rotary and cylindrical mower are suitable, although cylindrical mowers can achieve a shorter cut if desired.


Water Santa Ana once a week deeply during the warmer months for optimal performance. If it receives very little water, Santa Ana will enter a state of drought dormancy to protect itself and resume its usual growth once adequate water amounts are met.


Paul Munns has a fertiliser program suitable for all our turf varieties. Access it here


Due to being a warm season grass, Santa Ana does not grow very much over winter. To combat receding from heavily shaded areas or just to generally maintain colour, Santa Ana can be oversown with a ryegrass such as Fine Leaf Rye during Autumn. Fine Leaf Rye is a non-spreading winter grass, meaning it grows during the cooler weather, and tolerates shade extremely well. It has a similar appearance to Santa Ana, and tends to withdraw over summer, meaning it won't harm your Santa Ana or overtake it at all.

Dimensions and Delivery Information

Standard size rolls: 1m2 (400mm x 2.5m).

Santa Ana is also available in maxi rolls. Maxi rolls are great for open areas with easy access such as parks, schools and golf courses. These rolls are 1.05m wide and can be cut to lengths of up to 25m.

Delivery Information:

  • Delivery Days:  Tuesday through to Saturday.
  • Order Deadline: Order before 10am for next day delivery. 
  • FREE DELIVERY for orders over 30m2 (in the Adelaide Metro Area)
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