Lawn Varieties
everything for lawn care all in one place
providing dependable & original lawn tips since 2008
The Lawn Guide
Kikuyu Lawn
Kikuyu Lawn

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

Varieties
Fine | Medium | Coarse

Warm Season | Cool Season

Low | Medium | High

Low | Medium | High

Low | Medium | High

Poor | Good | Excellent

Poor | Good | Excellent

6.5



Pennisetum clandestinum

Male Sterile Kikuyu

-




All content original and copyright
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Tips
you may also like one of
these lawn care articles...
General Lawn Care
IMAGE
'New Content' By Kate Wall A freshly mown and neatly edged lawn is a...
IMAGE
'New Content' By Kate Wall Having a neat green lawn not only makes...
IMAGE
One type of liquid organic fertiliser Using Organic Fertilisers In...
Lawn Repair
IMAGE
Improving Lawn Soil The soils underneath our lawns are more...
IMAGE
A Vertimowing / Scarifying Machine What is Vertimowing or Lawn...
IMAGE
Buffalo Seed Heads The Problems of Buffalo Lawn Going To Seed One of...
Lawn Watering
IMAGE
Correct retic sprinkler heights Lawn Sprinkler Heights Whether laying...
IMAGE
Adjusting From Excessive Watering Reducing Excessive Water Usage We...
IMAGE
When to water lawns Water Requirements For Lawns Generally speaking,...
Lawn Mowing
IMAGE
28" MEY Commercial cylinder mower Cylinder Lawn Mowers Cylinder lawn...
IMAGE
Long periods between mowing shouldbe avoided to maintain good lawn...
IMAGE
Planning saves time and gives a betterquality finish every time we...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
IMAGE
Anatomy of Canadian Fleabane How To Kill Canadian Fleabane Canadian...
IMAGE
Glyphosate Weed Killer A Broad Spectrum Weed Killer Glyphosate will...
IMAGE
'New Content' By Kate Wall A large part of a well-kept lawn is weed...
Lawn Varieties
IMAGE
What Is A Drought Tolerant Lawn The drought tolerance of lawns refers...
IMAGE
By Kate Wall 'New Content' In Queensland and other sub-tropical parts...
IMAGE
Choosing a Lawn For High Traffic Areas Choosing a new lawn type can...
THE LAWN GUIDE ©


Different lawn types available in Australia, including independent and unbiased reviews of popular brands of turf for sale in Australia today
independent lawn care tips for australian lawns

Lawn Care Facts
Lawn Fact:
Frequent shallow watering promotes a shallow root system that struggles for life under heat stress. A lawn constantly under stress will send out masses of seed heads, be weak and easily damaged, be slow to repair, and be far more susceptible to diseases and weeds.
Professional lawn care videos sharing quality lawn care tips in an easy video format - click to watch
killing & keeping weeds from lawns video
meanings to the most common terms
used in lawn care practices in australia
Lawn Care Expert
Respected Australian turf and plant breeder Todd Layt shares expert lawn care advice with lawn lovers
LINK TO THE LAWN GUIDE
Grab this image and link to Australia's original & favourite source of quality lawn care tips
THE BUFFALO LAWN CARE SITE
Lawn care tips for Australia's favourite shade grass
Organic lawn care advice to create environmental benefit from our lawns
IMAGE
Lawn Watering Problems Many of us water our lawns in all the wrong ways possible, and as a...
IMAGE
Lawn Mowing Heights to Save Water and Keep Lawns Healthy In keeping with the principles of...
IMAGE
A Healthy Lawn Prevents Lawn Problems When we're aiming to reduce the environmental impacts of...
A low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn for all warmer regions
IMAGE
Nara Zoysia growing well in the USA By Todd Layt 'New Content' Sold as Nara™ Native Turf in...
IMAGE
Zoysia and Winter Are Not Good Friends The one single drawback which stops Zoysia being the...
IMAGE
Zoysia Lawn Seed Zoysia grass can be grown into a home lawn by many different methods. It can...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
IMAGE
Where Do Lawns Come From We're all very accustomed to our lawns these days, they seem to be...
IMAGE
Lawns Are The Greatest Carbon Cleaners We should all have confidence in our lawns, knowing...
IMAGE
As many people who have visited The Lawn Guide over the years, and since our first launch in...

Lawn Care Topics
the lawn guide ~ australia's leading source of quality lawn care information