OZ TUFF® was ranked number 1 for wear tolerance in a four-year HAL study (TU08018). Collected data mirrored results seen in the field where OZ TUFF® has been planted on sports fields receiving high usage. OZ TUFF® also has a moderate thatch layer which provides greater wearability and recovery by protecting stoloniferous and rhizomatic growth.
OZ TUFF® is an excellent turf choice for high wear recreational and sports areas such as goal squares, centre bounce circle, and cricket wicket run ups, grass walking tracks.
OZ TUFF® has an extensive deep root system, and the roots are a thick woody type which help to store moisture and sugars below the surface, away from the sun, giving OZ TUFF® its exceptional drought tolerance. OZTUFF® Stays greener for longer & recovers faster in droughts; In a 2015 trial at a home on the Gold Coast, QLD, the established OZ TUFF® lawn was left without water during a hot summer for about 2-3 weeks straight, temperatures averaged in the high 30’s and there was no relief from rain.
The OZTUFF® lawn was the last lawn in the street to brown off and dry out, it held onto its colour for approx. 1 week longer than the neighbouring common green couches, and after a decent rain event the OZ TUFF® lawn was also the first one to recover and come back to green again.
OZ TUFF® has demonstrated it can handle up to half the electrical conductivity (EC) of seawater and has shown to perform well within coastal locations (foreshores, parks etc.) facing extreme environmental pressures.
Pests & Disease Resistance
OZ TUFF® performance has shown that common turf pests (e.g. couch mite and lawn grub) and diseases are less active within OZ TUFF®
Poor Quality Water & Soil Tolerance
OZ TUFF® is capable of growing where recycled water is used as the primary irrigation source.
Even in poorer quality soils and or where nutrition is low, OZ TUFF® will take to just about any ground surface from sand to clay to shaley rocky soil, it can even be grown directly over existing lawns.
Low Nutritional Requirement
OZ TUFF® requires less fertiliser than other green couches, generally most common couch grasses should be fertilised twice a year, with OZ TUFF® though this can be reduced to around once every 2 years, however poor quality soils or very sandy soils may still require yearly applications, getting a soil test conducted is a very effective & generally inexpensive way to determine your existing soil quality.
OZ TUFF® has prostrate growth (meaning slower vertical growth) and develops very few seed heads resulting in less mowing and the saving of resources & time, OZ TUFF® generally requires 40-50% the mowing of other common green couches.
OZ TUFF® also has a finer leaf than most other turf varieties used in domestic areas, parks and sporting fields. A finer leaf blade provides greater aesthetics and presentation while producing less mowing clip and making it easier to use mulching mowers as well.
OZ TUFF® shows no phytotoxicity damage following the use of registered herbicides at recommended application rates to control common weeds in your lawn, such as broadleaf, clover, bindii, nut grass, paspalum.
Due to the reduced seed head production OZ TUFF® is a low allergen variety and is generally suitable for people or animals that suffer from grass allergies, our growers have reported great success selling to people with allergies and have had no reports of complaints after installing it.
In fact one of our growers, after presenting OZ TUFF® at a trade show told us that a very enthusiastic patron who suffered from bad grass allergies volunteered to rub his forearm all over the piece of OZ TUFF® that was on display, one hour later he came back and told them that he was 100% fine and normally he would have hives all the way up his arm by now.
OZ TUFF® also doesn’t seem to give that temporary ‘itchy’ feeling that most people get from laying on their couch lawns.
OZ TUFF® can throw up seed heads at times though but this can be easily controlled:
- At the start of spring to initiate their start of the growing season (most grasses will do this).
- When left to grow too long (above 70mm)
- When in periods of high stress, generally from drought or when lacking nutrition.To remove seed heads simply mow them off, if you suffer allergies we recommend using a catcher for this mow and removing the clip from site altogether.
To prevent seed head production, simply follow correct irrigation & fertilising practices.