Features & Benefits

FEATURES & BENEFITS OF OUR KIKUYU GRASSES

Kikuyugrass is a low growing, warm season perennial grass, native to tropical Africa. Originally, Kikuyu was introduced to Australia from Africa in 1919 and then years later to Southern California. It spreads vigorously by both rhizomes and stolons. The stems and leaves are covered with fine hairs.


In comparison to other popular grasses, Kikuyu is coarser than Bermudagrass and has runners similar in texture to St. Augustine grass but with many added benefits, including the following qualities:

· High tolerance to drought, disease, insects, wear and winter temperatures
· Salt tolerant
· Resists pet urine
· Low maintenance
· Low growing
· Produces quick cover
· Keeps great color during the cold season
· Rapid recovery rate
· Quicker green-up rate than Bermudagrass
· Moderate shade tolerance (more so in inland valleys)
· Thrives in warm to hot climates USDA zones 7-11.
· Mowing: 3/8″ to 1/2″

COMMON USES

· Ideal for low maintenance turf areas
· Excellent for erosion control on hillsides and banks
· Grows well where most other grasses don’t
· Suitable for recreation, sports fields and lawns
· Salt tolerant; it resists pet urine and can be used in dog parks
· Commercial uses included golf courses, stadiums, parks, dog parks, etc.
· Kikuyu is a very versatile grass for many turf and lawn applications!


KIKUYU VS. BERMUDAGRASS

Golf course fairwayKikuyu will stay green longer in the fall, and green up earlier in the spring. Like Bermudagrass it will go dormant in the winter, but will remain active until temperatures go down to the mid 30′s F; while Bermudagrass goes off color when temperatures are in the mid 40′s F. If soil moisture is maintained during the winter, Kikuyu can re-green during warm periods. In protected areas it has the ability to stay green year-round making it ideal for performance and impression!

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Kikuyu also maintains a very high degree of wear tolerance during its dormant period. While Bermudagrass turf breaks down rapidly after it goes dormant, leaving bare soils, Kikuyu will keep its integrity for a longer time, making the turf surface safer. In Australia it is preferred over Bermudagrass for this reason.

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Another big advantage of seeded Kikuyugrass over seeded Bermudagrass is that people allergic to Bermudagrass do not seem to be bothered by Kikuyu variations. Bermudagrass tends to produce a lot of pollen producing seed heads between mowing of lawns, while Kikuyu does not. Bermudagrass pollen (Like Olive pollen) tends to be a nasal irritant, while Kikuyu does not seem to have the same effect on people. While we cannot make the statement that Kikuyugrass is going to be pollen free and non-allergetic, it certainly appears to be much less problematic than Bermudagrass.


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