Santa Ana is a fine leafed warm season couch grass that thrives on sun and heat. It is tough and durable and looks best when mown short.
If grown in full sun Santa Ana is extremely hard wearing and will tolerate considerable traffic. It is perfect for hot north facing situations.
Santa Ana is a medium vigour creeping perennial with above ground runners that can be maintained in a given area by bordering. Santa Ana has a bright green leaf colour and good colour retention giving it a superior appearance
Santa Ana is suitable for residential and commercial lawns where a soft formal appearance is required.
Santa Ana is used for high wearing areas such as golf courses, tennis courts, cricket wickets and bowling greens where close mowing is required.
Parks and gardens, sports ovals, soil stabilisation areas, roadsides and urban in-fill areas are other areas where Santa Ana can be used.
Santa Ana should ideally be mown every 7-14 days at a height of approx 20mm. Closer mowing will produce putting green appearance.
In spring your Santa Ana lawn (as with any lawn) should be mown very low and fertilised. This removes the thatch that has built up in your lawn and allows new stolon growth.
An even surface of 75-100mm of a well drained sandy loam prepared before laying is important and annual to bi-annual renovation may be necessary, ideally during the spring or autumn months.
Fertilising of couch varieties is necessary to keep the lawn at optimum health. A summer fertilisation regimes should alternate between a chemical and organic fertiliser applied every 6 weeks at the equivalent rate of 10kg per 100m. In winter a single application of either a slow release fertiliser or organic type fertiliser will be adequate.
Santa Ana will require frequent watering during establishment but thereafter is drought tolerant once well established. Watering at medium levels will maintain a healthy green appearance. For information on Water Restrictions in your area, go to www.sydneywater.com.au