Kenda is a Kikuyu with great drought and wear tolerance. This is because of its deep and strong rhizomes that hold the turf together. As well as being able to handle heavy wear and prolonged drought, Kenda is fast to establish.
Although it establishes faster than other Kikuyu types, it doesn’t need more mowing. It grows more horizontally than vertically, meaning it will be at a smaller height than other Kikuyu turf when unmown.
Kenda is more uniform and has a denser appearance than common Kikuyu. Kikuyu, like Couch, needs regular mowing or it will get untidy and thin out. Kenda seems to be denser than the common form when left unmown, making it a more uniform and beautiful Kikuyu.
Common Kikuyu and seeded types regularly produce viable seed, which can spread via a number of methods. Kenda is a male sterile turf, producing little or no viable seed heads, making it a safer option.*
There have been no yellow leaves observed on Kenda, while other varieties have had little Kikuyu yellows appearing over summer. During trials, Kenda also appeared to have better winter colour than the common form of Kikuyu.
enda Kikuyu will generally not produce viable seed, and most of the time will only form the female part of the reproductive system. Kenda was bred to be cytoplasmic male sterile.
Cytoplasmic male sterility is the total or partial male sterility associated with plant biology as the result of specific nuclear and mitochondrial interactions. Male sterility is the failure of plants to produce functional anthers, pollen, or male gametes. This equates to it rarely producing any seed.
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- In recent test conducted Kenda was the only grass that had rhizomes coming out of the bottom of the pots. These numerous deep rhizomes have greatly increased kenda’s ability to handle heavy wear and prolong drought.
- In breeding trials Kenda grew much faster than others, but remarkably when left unmown the Kenda did not get as tall as the others. It seems to grow more horizontally rather than vertically. Common kikuyu and couch, needs regular mowing or it will get untidy and thin out, although Kenda seems to be denser than the common form when left unmown, Kenda appears denser than the common form in general, providing another good reason to use Kenda.
- Kenda is a sterile grass, which should make our customers and councils very happy, as common kikuyu seeds can blow in the wind and germinate kilometers from its original spot.
- Common kikuyu can get yellow disease over summer, but with the Kenda, it showed no signs of it at all. On the farm, Kenda also showed a better winter colour than common kikuyu.
- Once you see the difference, it would be hard to use common kikuyu again.
When mown, Kenda looks surprisingly fined leafed, and as it is one strain of grass it looks much more uniform than common kikuyu. Feedback from our landscapers has been excellent.
The new kikuyu turf types have a lot to offer to the sports industry. Common kikuyu has a lot of faults which Kenda goes a long way to fixing. Common kikuyu has often been shunned because it has a nasty habit of self seeding everywhere, causing havoc in the bush land, wetlands, and grasslands. Kenda has been bred to be sterile. When you buy common kikuyu you receive many different kikuyu strains, some good but unfortunately most are poor compared to Kenda.
The new Kenda kikuyu has real benefits compared to the common form. Kenda has far more Rhizomes than the common form, making it much better at recovering from wear. Test was conducted between Kenda and the common kikuyu to see exactly what the difference was when it came to the quantity of Rhizomes. We grew five 200mm pot of each variety for 9 months. The rhizomes were then measured for length in each pot. Kenda had averaged around 194cm per pot, compared to the common form, which had an average of 34cm per pot. This has huge implication for sporting facilities.
Kenda left more rhizome than other types
- 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.