Wintergreen is a soft-leaf couch that’s perfect for busy backyards. How could you use it in your next landscaping project?

What is Wintergreen turf?

A simple soft-leaf couch, Wintergreen couch lawn is our top-selling variety. It’s a tough, no-fuss option that is perfect for budget-conscious, proud lawn lovers. Our Wintergreen couch grass has a reputation for being the best in the business!


Wintergreen is a humble grass variety that rarely gets the praise it deserves. It is hard to understand why when it ticks SO many boxes. It’s perfect for enthusiasts, families, rental situations, and commercial applications. It looks great, is tough, and is definitely on budget. Really the only downside is Wintergreen is a full sun variety – shade is a big NO. 

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Is Wintergreen couch grass suitable for you?

Wintergreen couch thrives in all soil conditions but prefers loam to sandy loam. It is a full-sun variety (6+ hours of sun per day) with a fine emerald-green leaf.


Wintergreen’s wear tolerance is very high, and it is a preferred grass not only for busy backyards and heavy traffic areas but also for commercial applications. Our Wintergreen can be found at golf courses, sporting fields, parks and housing estates across South East Queensland. 


Wintergreen couch grass can endure periods of extreme heat and drought and will bounce back quickly with a drop of rain or sprinkle from the hose. For a consistently healthy and strong Wintergreen lawn, it is advised to water deeply once a week, fertilise every three months and keep on top of your mowing. A neglected Wintergreen lawn will still cope with the toughest conditions but will likely become thin and grow weeds. In this case, Wintergreen is super easy to restore to glory with herbicide, fertiliser and water. It repairs itself incredibly well. 

Keep an eye out for lawn grubs in Wintergreen. The lawn grub moth will target the best lawns in the street from October to March but can be treated with a quick application of pesticide. Some pesticides can even form a forcefield from these pests for the duration of the season, so you don’t need to worry at all. 


Mow your Wintergreen every week during the warmer months so that it doesn’t get too long, and aim to take off no less than 1/3 of the leaf to reduce the chances of scalping it. For enthusiasts, Wintergreen is the perfect lawn to mow with a reel mower (cylinder mower). Wintergreen can be a little invasive, so plan decent garden kerbing, then control any grass runners with edging and whipper snipping when you mow. Have a rest over the cooler months while your Wintergreen’s growth is dormant. 

Wintergreen Couch Features & Benefits

Wintergreen Couch Grass Installation Process

Got your Wintergreen turf ready to go? Follow our 9-step guide for a quick and easy installation.

Get your drainage right and complete all other landscaping

Where will your Wintergreen go? Measure once, measure twice.

Timing is important: start ordering! Be mindful of delivery lead times. At least three days’ notice is great!

Prepare the site. Clear all weeds, sticks, debris, etc. The best-prepared site will produce the best-laid lawn. You may need to get some soil in – 100mm is optimal.

Add some lawn starter fertiliser with water crystals – it’s not essential, but it will give your new turf a boost.

Rain may delay a harvest. If this happens to your delivery, we will contact you asap to organise another delivery day that suits you.

Delivery day! We recommend you lay your turf as soon as it is delivered.

• Prepare to lay the turf working off a straight edge in the direction you will mow it.
• Lay an edge strip around your area. This will allow for easy cutting in the final stages.
• Continue laying turf offset in a brickwork pattern from your header course.
• Use a spade or sharp knife to cut any pieces as necessary.
• Keep the slabs tight up against each other. Do not let the slabs overlap.
• Immediately water the lawn, even as you are laying it.
• For best results, roll in your new lawn immediately after laying it.
• Continue to water it to give it a very good soak.

Golden rule: water, water, water! You will need to water your new lawn every morning and afternoon for the first two weeks. For the following two weeks, you will need to water every morning, and then every other day as needed.

Mow your turf when it has “taken” and started to grow. Use a high setting on your mower and make sure the blades are sharp.

How do I take care of my Wintergreen couch?

Temperature and Climate

Wintergreen thrives in the South East Queensland region. It grows well with adequate water from spring to autumn and goes dormant during winter.

Watering and Drought Tolerance

The tough full-sun variety, Wintergreen, will stay green with little water. Unlike other varieties, if it does brown off and go bare during extreme heat and drought, start watering and fertilising it, and it will bounce back. Watering in the morning is always best.


Mow your Wintergreen every week during the growing season and as needed when it is dormant over winter. Sharp blades are always important; only mow 1/3 of the leaf off to avoid scalping. Best kept short, optimal mower heights for Wintergreen are 20-30mm. This variety will look fabulous if cut with reel or cylinder mowers.

Sunlight & Shade Tolerance

Wintergreen thrives in full sun only, that is, at least six hours of sun per day.

Soil Suitability

Wintergreen couch is well-suited to sandy and loam soil areas and can adjust to clay. It is recommended to use some Gypsum on any clay soil before laying Wintergreen. A soil pH between 6-6.5 is ideal for all turf. Serious lawn lovers can measure the soil’s pH level with a test kit available from the local hardware or landscape store. Apply the nutrients needed depending on the results.

Pests, diseases and weeds

If your Wintergreen is neglected, it may become thin and unhealthy, and weeds may grow. On the upside, they will also be easier to treat than other varieties. Grab a “weed and feed” from your local hardware/landscape yard, and make sure you follow the application rate. To continually hold out weeds, fertilise and water regularly to maintain a lush, thick, and healthy lawn. Lawn grubs can also be an issue for a healthy Wintergreen lawn. The lawn grub moth will seek out lush lawns between October and March. You can prevent attack with Acelepryn, which kills grub, but also maintains a barrier against infestation for the season. See our lawn grub blog for more information.


Once established, fertilise your Wintergreen couch with a quality, organic lawn fertiliser in early spring, early summer and late summer/early autumn. Make sure you follow the application rates, and don’t forget to water in your fertiliser so that it doesn’t burn the leaves.

Ready to give Wintergreen Couch Grass a go?

We always put your needs first. We can deliver your new turf to your home or business, or you are welcome to pick it up from our turf farm. Whichever you choose, you can rely on our friendly team for prompt service.

Pick up

You can collect your turf from our farm at 33 Kennedy Road, Wivenhoe Pocket. If you decide to pick up your turf from our farm, we will contact you to arrange a suitable collection time once your order has been placed.


We aim for our delivery purchases to be fulfilled within two to three business days. However, this does depend on factors such as weather, turf availability, and other external circumstances.

Wintergreen Couch Pricing

Price per sqm $5.50
Shade Tolerance 2/5
Drought Resistance 4/5
Weed Resistance 3/5
Durability 4/5
Maintenance Level Low