Kikuyu Grass

Kikuyu Grass

While Kikuyu is no longer a first choice for new lawns, Kikuyu grass does remain in high use around Australia for a vast array of reasons. It is highly popular on Ovals, Sporting Fields and other public areas which experience heavy usage. For homeowners Kikuyu is most often considered a preferable grass type for most of these same reasons with the Kenda® Kikuyu a very popular choice.

Apart from it’s high wear resistance, Kikuyu also has good shade tolerance, produces a nice soft lawn leaf and can be very drought tolerant. For shady areas, Kikuyu will easily accept being cut at almost any height which, as a result, increases it’s shade tolerance. 

Kikuyu Grass and Rapid Growth

Due to its rapid growth, Kikuyu will require more frequent mowing than most other grasses. In it’s peak growing season, and under optimum conditions, Kikuyu can easily grow up to a foot high within a week or two, producing a massive amount of clippings, and often making the grass unsuitable for use as lawns in all environments.

Despite this, and under lower growth rate conditions, Kikuyu can be mowed very low with a Cylinder Mower, producing a nicely manicured finish.

Kikuyu as a Weed

Kikuyu has overtaken many wild areas in Australia, often choking-up creeks and other waterways. It has proven extremely difficult to eradicate permanently from these areas, leading many governments to classify Kikuyu as a Noxious Weed.

As a direct response to this, most Kikuyu sold now is a sterile variety which can no longer continue to propagate itself by natural breeding methods. This sterile grass is sold as ‘Male Sterile Kikuyu’ and should be the first, and only, choice for anyone wishing to plant a new Kikuyu lawn.

Weed Control in Kikuyu Lawns

Like Buffalo, Kikuyu has a broader leaf blade than most other grasses. Therefore, like Buffalo, that same wide leaf blade will not cope very well with all weed killing herbicides. Before purchasing any weed killers to be used on lawns, carefully read the label to check whether it is suitable for use on Kikuyu. A wrong application of herbicide could severely sicken, damage or even kill a Kikuyu lawn.

See More Articles About:

Share Article:

Related Articles

Choosing the Best Grass Variety for Your Lawn

When it comes to creating a luscious lawn, choosing the right grass variety can be challenging given the wide range of factors to consider from how much rainfall you get to ...

Read More

Lawn Types in Australia

This is a quick overview to compare the four most popular lawn types in Australia. All grasses in this article are warm season grasses, suitable for use in all the warmer ...

Read More

Quick Lawn Selection Guide

We have put together a Quick Lawn Selection Guide to help you determine which of our Varieties will suit your requirements. Characteristics that are compared are: Shade ...

Read More

Buffalo Grass

Once upon a time, Buffalo lawn was widely used and most lovingly referred to as Ol' Scratchy, due to its coarse and sharp leaf blades. These days, times have changed ...

Read More

Native lawns

Australian lawn customers are extremely lucky to have some of the best native varieties available to them on the market. Native varieties are know as Zoysia grasses and two ...

Read More

Couch Grass

Couch Grass is by far one of the most popular lawns used in Australia. Couch lawns are indeed an old favourite for both Australian homes, and recreation areas. In times gone ...

Read More

Prestige® Buffalo

Darkest Green Buffalo Year-Round    Key Features Darkest green Buffalo year-round Lawn thatch variety High wear and shade tolerance Out-competes weeds Prestige® Buffalo lawn ...

Read More

Sapphire® Soft Leaf Buffalo

So Fine. So Soft. So Beautiful. Key Features Excellent winter-green colour High shade and wear tolerance Folding leaves deliver a strong fine, soft lawn Produces little seed ...

Read More
Playing on grass

Palmetto® Buffalo

World’s most popular Buffalo grass Key Features Soft leaf texture which feels wonderful under foot Low maintenance – mowing Produces little seed head – common irritant to ...

Read More

Empire™ Zoysia

The Lawn of the future Key Features Attractive dark green colour Low maintenance Outstanding water efficiency Very high drought tolerance Excellent wear tolerance Thrives in ...

Read More