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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.


Warning:
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.




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