Common Kikuyu Turf in Melbourne
Kikuyu is a popular variety of lawn for both domestic and commercial uses due to its affordable price.
Kikuyu Is a good lawn for a high traffic area for dogs as it can repair itself very quickly during the warmer to hotter months, but it is bad for creeping into your garden beds or up fences as it creeps under the surface as well as on top if it isn’t maintained. In winter it will yellow off in colour as conditions get to cold. Best time to install, September – May, but can be installed all year round.
This is a fine leaf grass that can ideally be utilized in commercial applications including sporting ovals, parks and gardens, industrial settings or even for residential applications where there are no garden beds. The nature of the Kikuyu makes it ideal for reducing injuries and falls during sporting activities or where children are concerned, as the lawn is quite soft and springy.
Kikuyu is a vigorous grower and will invade garden beds if not properly maintained. Kikuyu needs to be mown weekly in the summer months to maintain a good appearance. It is characteristic by poor growth in shaded areas, but can tolerate partial shade.
Young kikuyu holds its winter colour, but older lawns turn brown in winter especially in mild frost areas. It can get spongy
- Remove all building waste & weeds
- Spread a free draining soil to a depth of 7-15cm (roots can penetrate much deeper) or loosen ground and mix in appropriate soil conditioners. Phone your supplier for more advice on this option. For sandy soils, simply mix in organic material and rotary hoe.
- Level the surface using a screening board, lawn leveler or similar device.
- Apply a low analysis fertilizer with an N: P: K of approximately 5:6:5 or lawn starter fertilizer to the surface and incorporate with a rake.
- In hot months, moisten the soil but do not make the soil too wet. Do not lay turf on hot, dry soil.
- Lay turf as soon as possible after delivery.
- On hot days, lay a section of turf and lightly water. Repeat until all turf is laid. On cool days, turf can be laid all at once. Roll and water thoroughly within one hour of laying turf.
- For best results it is recommended that once you have laid your Kenda kikuyu that you top dress it with white washed sand at approximately one quarter of a cubic metre per 100 square metres. Concentrating on the joins to help the edges from drying out. You may also want to roll your turf after top dressing to achieve maximum soil contact.
- Water thoroughly for 7-10 days or until turf is established. Take care that the water is saturating the soil beneath the turf. In colder months, the turf will take longer to establish. The turf should not dry out until roots are established.
- When the soil has firmed and the Kenda has rooted down, usually 2-3 weeks after laying (longer during winter), mow lightly to tidy up the lawn.
- Vigorous in growth
- Tolerant of heavy traffic
- Tolerant to drought conditions
- Good ability to recuperate
- Establishing quickly
- Extremely pet tolerant
- Excellent wear resistance
- Good salt tolerance
Preferred soil types
- Thrives on high fertilized well drained soil, pH 6.5 preferred
- Not suited to heavy clays
- Full sun
- Fertilize in spring and autumn with a slow release fertilizer
- Mow every 7 to 10 days in summer and less frequently in winter