If you’re in the need of some new turf for your home, a great choice is kikuyu grass instant lawn or Kenda Kikuyu grass. Australia homeowners are looking for beautiful and easy-to-maintain lawns and this is why Kenda Kikuyu grass was developed from the standard Kikuyu. There are a great many benefits to Kikuyu, and at Rivers Edge Turf, we can help you determine if this is the best choice for you.
Kikuyu Grass Description
Kikuyu grass is a low-growing, warm-season perennial grass which spreads vigorously by both rhizomes and stolons. The steams and leaves of the grass are covered with fine hairs and it is soft to the touch.
Many community sporting ovals choose to use kikuyu grass beause lawn care is simple and it is easy to manage on a large field. It is heavy-duty and copes well in wear-and-tear conditions because it is quick to repair.
For this same reason, it is a popular choice for Australian families. It is a great backyard turf because it is able to hand high traffic – and active kids and pets! The turf requires minimal work to maintain a healthy growth and appearance, is very drought tolerant, and is quick to repair. It does well in full-sun but struggles in shade – tolerating only a small amount. It can be an invasive grass so you should also be careful when laying it near garden beds.
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Kikuyu Grass Advantages
All turf varieties have their advantages and it is helpful to talk to one of our experts so that we can determine the best option for you. To guide your decision, Kikuyu has a number of great features that are worth considering. Kikuyu grass:
- is highly drought tolerant
- is fast-growing and self-repairing
- is a soft but dense-growing turf
- does not require a lot of fertiliser
Kikuyu Grass Maintenance
Fertiliser - Kikuyu grass lawns should be fed to remain strong and healthy. For best results, use a slow release fertiliser one month after laying your turf. Fertiliser applied before this time has shown to make very little or no difference to the establishment of the lawn. After this, the best time to fertilise kikuyu grass is in early April and early September using a complete fertiliser. If your lawn appears to be losing some of the green colour, you can use a slow release fertiliser which is high in nitrogen. This will help to promote a luscious green look. Avoid over-fertilising in summer or using manure based products.
Lawn Mowing - In the hot months, like summer, you will need to mow your turf every 7-10 days. However, during the colder months you can increase the time between mowing to 3-6 weeks. The mowing height will vary depending on the level of shade. Where there is a large amount of sunlight you will want your mowing height to be around 2-5cm. Where there is more shade you will want the grass a little longer at around 5-7cm.
Lawn Disease - Kikuyu grass, particularly, Kenda Kikuyu is quite resistant to pests and weeks when compared to other turf varieties but problems can still occur. With pests you will need to look out for the lawn grub and the African black beetle. If you see these you should be able to manage it with pesticides. Just be sure you read the label to ensure that it is safe on your lawn. If weeds begin to show through your kikuyu grass, the best way to remove this is by hand before the seed head develops or you can apply a suitable herbicide. Once again, check the label to make sure it is right for your lawn.
Watering - When you have installed your kikuyu turf be sure to water thoroughly and regularly. This will encourage a deep and vigorous root system. When it is fully established, you will only need to water when needed. To know when your grass needs watering, look for a slight wilting. This is usually around every 7-10 days in summer and much less in winter. Keep in mind that deep infrequent water promotes a healthy lawn and over watering encourages excessive growth, disease and root rot. The best time to water is in the early morning.
Kikuyu Grass Cost
When it comes to pricing, here at Rivers Edge Turf we are always competitive. However, the final cost of your kikuyu grass will depend on how much turf you are planning to purchase, whether you plan to install or lay the kikuyu grass turf yourself or whether you’d like one of our turf installing experts to come and lay it for you. No matter what you choose, we promise only the highest quality service. You can call us on 02 4579 9009 and we can discuss your options and decide what is going to work best for you in your current situation. We will do our best to give you the best kikuyu grass price in Sydney. More information about pricing is available here.
More information abut kikuyu grass growth and care through in available in our blog. You will find a great deal of information starting from basic information, through to extensive tips for maintaining your turf.
At Rivers Edge Turf we love lawns and we love helping people make the right choice of grass for their home or business. A number of factors need to be taken into consideration and a simple conversation with one of our expert team members will help to get you on the right path. Give us a call on 02 4579 9009 and we will give you all the information you may need to choice the right turf for you. We offer a title="Learn More About Our Services" full service which includes door to door delivery and kikuyu grass installation.
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