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Characteristics of Kikuyu Grass

Kikuyu grass has been highly popular as a lawn all around Australia for as far back as memory can go. It is inexpensive to purchase, is quick to propagate into new lawns, requires minimal lawn care to remain healthy, and grows and repairs quickly. In fact, Kikuyu has always been the number one choice for any lawn areas which are expected to be under heavy wear and tear conditions throughout its life, as this grass repairs itself quicker than almost any other grass.

Kikuyu lawn is widely used as the first choice for many community recreation areas and schools in many states, the reasons for this choice are the same as listed in the attributes just mentioned, with the primary reason for this lawn choice in these heavy use public areas - is Kikuyu’s quick repair capabilities, as required by these heavy duty usage areas.

Kikuyu Lawn

Kikuyu Lawns For The Home

Just as Kikuyu is used for very high traffic and usage areas in the community due to its fast repair capabilities, this is also the same main reason that many homeowners also choose a Kikuyu lawn.

Having busy kids playing cricket or slip and slide in the summer in the backyard, or active dogs which run amok 7 days a week, nothing will beat Kikuyu for how it can repair itself from damage at the fastest speed. Indeed, Kikuyu can keep up with the busiest of backyards.

Other people will also like Kikuyu for its soft leaf, which also makes for an overall soft lawn, or for its bright green colour. Which when cared for properly, and mowed properly and regularly, can make for a beautiful lawn.


Negatives of Kikuyu

Just like all grasses, Kikuyu too does have its negative sides which need to be taken into account as well.

Just as this grass is very quick to repair, this is due to the fast growing nature of Kikuyu, this will also mean more lawn mowing than for some other grass types that are available as home lawns. However, if you do find your Kikuyu lawn growing too fast for your liking, then reducing watering and fertilising a little - will also help to reduce this same growth rate.

Common Kikuyu is also easily spread into other surrounding lawns, and into native vegetation by its fine seed heads, which is never a good thing for either environment. And its for this reason, that as homeowners, if we are to plant a Kikuyu lawn, then it’s always wise to choose a Male Sterile Kikuyu which is far less likely to produce viable seeds heads, and which in turn makes these lawns far less likely to establish into any area where it is not intended.



Leaf Type

Type

Aggressiveness

Traffic Tolerance

Sun Requirements

Shade Tolerance

Salt Tolerance

Ideal pH



Botanical Name

Also Know As

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Fine | Medium | Coarse

Warm Season | Cool Season

Low | Medium | High

Low | Medium | High

Low | Medium | High

Poor | Good | Excellent

Poor | Good | Excellent

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Pennisetum clandestinum

Male Sterile Kikuyu

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