Weeds Pests Diseases
everything for lawn care all in one place
providing dependable & original lawn tips since 2008
The Lawn Guide
Kikuyu in Buffalo
Common Kikuyu Invading Buffalo

Is Your Buffalo Really A Buffalo Anymore?

If your Buffalo lawn isn't looking quite as it should, and you're noticing that some parts of the lawn are outgrowing other areas, then it may be time to take a closer look into your lawn to discover exactly what is happening.

Because your beautiful Buffalo lawn may actually now be becomiing Kikuyu.

How Kikuyu Invades Buffalo

Most Kikuyu invasions into other lawns is due to the very fine grass seed that Kikuyu produces. This seed easily becomes mobile and is spread by pets in their fur, by water and rains, and by birds that eat and then spread the seed, and easily takes a foothold in many other surrounding areas, including in other home lawns.

The vigorous growing nature of Kikuyu also allows this grass to establish very quickly once it does take hold into surrounding areas, including in Buffalo lawns.

The Source of Most Kikuyu Invasions

The most usual source of these Kikuyu invasions into Buffalo lawns are from Council lands such as parks and ovals where many councils are still using, or still maintain the old style common Kikuyu grasses. And it's from these large tracts of open land which are growing common Kikuyu which can then send out seeds into surrounding lawns.

Male Sterile Kikuyu most often produces no viable seed whatsoever, so therefore even when the grass does produce seed, and even when it does spread - it cannot establish either in surrounding lawns or within the open environment.

Why Kikuyu Is So Good At Hiding In Buffalo

For most people, we simply do not monitor our lawns so closely that we ever begin noticing every little detail which is happening within our lawns, and this is true when another grass begins encroaching into our home lawn.

For Kikuyu in Buffalo, the problem becomes even less noticeable in the earliest stages of an invading grass because a Kikuyu leaf is often the same general width and colour of the Buffalo grass, and when we aren't specifically looking for Kikuyu, most people simply do not notice these earliest stages.

So the Kikuyu takes a foothold in the Buffalo lawn without opposition.

By the time we finally do notice that something odd is going on in our Buffalo lawn, the Kikuyu is often very strong, well established with deep roots, and has taken over large parts of the Buffalo lawn. Once a Kikuyu invasion gets to this stage, it often becomes a difficult problem to solve as there are no real options for homeowners to simply spray the Kikuyu out of the Buffalo.

Killing Kikuyu In Buffalo

Killing Kikuyu out of Buffalo can be very difficult as their are no weed sprays for this purpose. However if Kikuyu invades other grasses like Couch - then killing the Kikuyu is often much easier because some weed sprays which kill Kikuyu, are safe for use on Couch, so a simple weed treatment can often solve the problem.

So there are two major ways to kill Kikuyu in a Buffalo lawn:

The first way is to pull the Kikuyu out by hand, very carefully trying to get every part of every runner we can find. And then to continue to monitor the lawn into the future to keep removing any other Kikuyu which sprouts up later.

The second way to remove Kikuyu from Buffalo grass is to take a small mixture of Glyphosate in a small sturdy container, and to very gently and carefully wipe a little of this herbicide onto the leaves of the Kikuyu. This can be done with a paintbrush or by wearing a rubber glove and dipping the fingers of the glove into the mixture and then wiping that mixture onto the leaves of the Kikuyu.

Glyphosate is a broad spectrum weed killer.
It will kill any plant or lawn it comes into contact with.
Be very careful not to spill any of this herbicide onto any other part of the lawn.

All content original and copyright
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Tips
you may also like one of
these lawn care articles...
General Lawn Care
'New Content' By Kate Wall Having a neat green lawn not only makes...
10 minute lawn care is easy The Easiest Way To Have A Great Lawn In...
'New Content' By Kate Wall A freshly mown and neatly edged lawn is a...
Lawn Repair
A specialist lawn coring machine The Lawn Coring and Aeration Process...
Lawn Top Dressing Reasons For Top Dressing Lawns Top dressing lawns...
Top Dressing Uneven Lawns The Problem Of Uneven Lawns Uneven lawns...
Lawn Watering
When to water lawns Water Requirements For Lawns Generally speaking,...
A malfunctioning sprinkler Checking Reticulation Our reticulation...
When is the best time to water lawns Correct Lawn Watering Times...
Lawn Mowing
28" MEY Commercial cylinder mower Cylinder Lawn Mowers Cylinder lawn...
Using Lawn Edgers Safely Using Lawn Edgers Safely Lawn edgers will...
Push Lawn Mower Introduction to Push Mowers The push lawn mower is a...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
Mature Wintergrass with seeds How To Kill Winter Grass Winter grass...
Lawn Herbicide Safety How soon can a herbicide be safely applied to a...
White Clover How To Kill White Clover White Clover is noticeable by...
Lawn Varieties
Stunning Microscopic Photos of Buffalo Grass Amazing Photos of...
A Zoysia lawn after mowing Characteristics of Zoysia Grass It may be...
Which Lawn Variety Is Right For Our Home When taken into full...

prevention and treatment of lawn weeds, lawn pests including army worm & sod webworm, & lawn diseases such as brown patch & spring dead spot
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
preparing soils for new 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
Grab this image and link to Australia's original & favourite source of quality lawn care tips
Lawn care tips for Australia's favourite shade grass
Organic lawn care advice to create environmental benefit from our lawns
Low toxic natural methods to control ants Control Ants In The Lawn, Garden and Paving Ants can...
Top Organic Lawn Care Tips The goals of Organic Lawn Care are to naturally reduce the...
Lawn Clippings Are Full Of Natural Nutrients Lawn clippings from mowing are an excellent...
A low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn for all warmer regions
Zoysia Grass Has Warm Origins Zoysia grasses all derive from warm and often tropical regions,...
Zoysia and Winter Are Not Good Friends The one single drawback which stops Zoysia being the...
Zoysia Tenuifolia - A Very Different Lawn Zoysia tenuifolia is very different from all other...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
As many people who have visited The Lawn Guide over the years, and since our first launch in...
Where Do Lawns Come From We're all very accustomed to our lawns these days, they seem to be...
Understanding Couch Grass In Queensland Like so many other aspects of Australian life, prior...

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