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Kikuyu Grass

Kikuyu Grass

Kenda Kikuyu Grass Layed in BackyardKikuyu turf is one of the hardiest, best looking, cost-effective grasses on the market.

Homeowners choose Kikuyu grass due to its high drought tolerance, excellent wear resistance and ability to maintain good winter colour.

The soft leaf of Kikuyu grasses like Kenda®Kikuyu also makes it popular for homeowners with pets and children. 

During winter, Kikuyu grass continues to grow when other warm-season turf types stop.

In terms of soil, Kikuyu lawns are best suited to loams, sandy loams and loamy sand soils.

Kikuyu Grass Features

  • Low Maintenance
  • Excellent wear tolerance
  • Drought tolerant
  • Fine dense leaf that is soft to touch
  • Excellent winter colour

Wear Tolerance

Kikuyu grass has excellent wear tolerance and a quick recovery rate due to its large prostrate runners and vigorous rhizomes.

Kikuyu Turf in Family Yard with TrampolineFor kids and pets which slip and slide all over your lawn, Kikuyu grass is one of the toughest varieties to cope with high activity in your backyard.

Drought Tolerance

Kikuyu grass has a high drought tolerance thanks to its large prostrate runners and excellent growth rate.

These large prostrate runners also allow Kikuyu grass to actively seek soil moisture and establish a lot quicker than other lawn types – two to three weeks.

Fine leaf and Winter Colour

Kikuyu Grass Close up ShotMany homeowners prefer Kikuyu grass due to its dense, bright green soft leaf which gives the lawn an elegant, uniform appearance.

One of the many traits that homeowners love about Kikuyu grass is its ability to stay green for longer during the winter.

With a little extra love through applying fertiliser during winter, the green colour of your Kikuyu grass will be the envy of your neighbours.

Kikuyu Grass Varieties

myhomeTURF has one of the most popular Kikuyu grass’ on the market – Kenda Kikuyu which suits the lawn needs of every homeowner.

Kenda Kikuyu

Kenda Kikuyu TurfKenda®Kikuyu – Sun-loving and hard-wearing.  Kenda Kikuyu has four times as many rhizomes as common Kikuyu so can handle all kinds of wear and tear – either from large dogs or very active kids.

Even with lots of activity, Kenda Kikuyu holds it good looks and remains soft underfoot.

Thanks to large prostrate runners, Kenda Kikuyu is very water efficient and drought tolerant making it ideal for regions where water restrictions are imposed.

Kenda Kikuyu was bred to be predominantly sterile and produce minimal seed head, reducing its chances of invading surrounding garden beds and paths.

With minimal seed head, Kenda Kikuyu is also an ideal lawn choice for allergy sufferers.

Where it grows:  Kenda Kikuyu grows well in southern Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. Your local grower suppliers can easily be found with our online supplier locator tool.

Expect to pay: Between $7 and $11 per square metre. To get more Kenda Kikuyu pricing info, visit our Kenda Kikuyu info page and get 3 quotes from your local growers today.

Best Planting Time 

Kenda Kikuyu can tolerate been laid at any time of the year, as with most plants it establishes best during spring.

Kikuyu Lawn Care

Most Kikuyu grasses have fine seed heads which easily spread to surrounding garden beds and paths.

However, this is not the case for Kenda Kikuyu.

To stop the excessive spreading of your Kikuyu lawn it is best to choose Kenda Kikuyu which has minimal seed head and is a sterile variety.


lawn maintenance IconMowing Kikuyu Lawns

Kikuyu grass is known for its vigorous growth, so mowing will be a regular part of maintaining a lush, healthy lawn.

In general Kikuyu grass is best mown to a height of between 3cm to 4cm throughout the year with this height varying during warmer months.

During warmer months: Mow every 7 – 10 days to a height of between 2cm to 5cm in sunny/lightly shaded areas and 5cm to 7cm in heavier shaded sites.  During cooler months: Mow every 3 – 6 weeks.

Managing Kikuyu spread

The one down side to Kikuyu grass is its creeping characteristic that can quickly spread into your garden or onto your path.

It is recommended that to control creeping Kikuyu grass you use a rapid weedicide and then remove all of the dead tendrils. It may take several applications to control this creeping spread.

new lawn watering IconWatering a Kikuyu Lawn

Newly installed Kikuyu grass requires watering within 30 minutes of it been laid.

Apply at least 2cm to 3cm to newly laid Kikuyu grass, ensuring your water deep enough to soak the soil to between 7cm to 10cm.

Once the root system of your Kikuyu grass has fully established, water thoroughly only when needed, that is when you see signs of slight leaf wilting.

If you want to learn more about watering, make sure to read out guide to watering a new lawn.

Watering an Established lawn

For an established Kikuyu lawn infrequent deep watering is preferred because the roots will only grow as deep as its most frequently available water supply.

Deep-rooted Kikuyu grass also has a larger ‘soil-water’ bank to draw moisture from in hot, dry conditions.

In general, when restrictions do not apply, water your Kikuyu grass every 7 – 10 days in summer and less frequently, or not at all, in cooler months.

fertiliser IconFertilising a Kikuyu Lawn

For your Kikuyu grass to remain healthy and strong it is best to apply a slow-release fertiliser twice a year – first in early April then again in September.

If you want to green-up your Kikuyu lawn add a nitrogen fertiliser outside your regular fertilising regime.


Due to the dense growth features of Kikuyu grass, it is quite resistant to many weeds compared to other turf varieties.

However, if weeds do appear, first try removing via hand before seed heads appear and if they become prolific use a suitable weedicide. Always ask your Local Garden Centre for advice.

lawn pest IconPest Control for Kikuyu

Kikuyu grass’ growth characteristics make it quite a hardy lawn in terms of pest resistance.

You may need to, however, watch out for these lawn pests in your Kikuyu grass – Lawn Grub (for example, Web Worm or Army Worm) and the African Black Beetle.

Apply suitable pesticides to your Kikuyu grass if you see pests but be sure to ask your Local Garden Centre for advice.

lawn disease IconLawn Disease Control for Kikuyu Lawns

One fungal disease that Kikuyu grass is susceptible to is Kikuyu Yellows.

Kikuyu Yellows infects the root system, causing root rot and subsequently grass death in a circular pattern.

The Kikuyu lawn in the centre of the circle dies leaving the area susceptible to invading weeds and other grasses.

To prevent spread of Kikuyu Yellows it is recommended that you use a complete fertiliser to encourage new root development.

It is also recommended that you then replant the area with a Kikuyu variety that is tolerant to Kikuyu Yellows such as Kenda Kikuyu.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is Kikuyu a good grass? Kikuyu grass is a good, tough wearing grass suitable for homeowners with kids and pets.
  • How long does Kikuyu grass take to grow? Once installed, Kikuyu grass takes up to 2 to 3 weeks to establish.
  • Does Kikuyu grass grow in winter? Like most grasses, Kikuyu grass does go dormant in winter if it is not watered or fertilised, however it recovers very quickly compared to other turf varieties.
  • Why does Kikuyu grass go yellow? There are several reasons why Kikuyu grass goes yellow; nutrient deficiency, disease or cold temperatures.
  • When should I dethatch my Kikuyu lawn? The most effective time to dethatch your Kikuyu grass is during spring.
  • When should I fertilise my Kikuyu grass? You fertilise your Kikuyu grass twice a year to ensure it remains green, lush and healthy.
  • How often should you water Kikuyu grass? You should water your Kikuyu grass every 7 – 10 days in summer and less frequently, or not at all, in cooler months.
  • How does Kikuyu grass spread? Kikuyu grass spreads once the seed head of the lawn has established.
  • Does Kikuyu grass have runners? Kikuyu grass does have strong runners which can spread vigorously if not maintained.
  • How do you look after Kikuyu grass? Kikuyu grass is a very hardy lawn but it does needs mowing, fertilising (twice a year) and watering.
  • How much sun does Kikuyu grass need? Kikuyu grass prefers maximum sunlight when possible.
  • How do you tell the difference between Buffalo and Kikuyu grass? The main difference between Kikuyu grass and Buffalo is that Buffalo grass has stolons which run along the top of the soil. Kikuyu grass has stolons and rhizomes which run below the soil surface.

Recommended Products

Bow and Arrow 500mL

Bow and Arrow 500mL is one of the most effective broadleaf liquid herbicides on the market. Suitable for Zoysia, Kikuyu, Couch and Buffalo grasses however transient discolouration may occur on Kikuyu, Carpet and Queensland Blue Couch lawns. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.



myhomeTURF recommends OxaFert, which is a combination product containing both fertiliser and pre-emergent herbicide. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.


LawnPride Maintain 26-2-9 + 3.4 Fe 20kg

Lawn Pride Maintain 26-2-9 + 3.4 Fe 20kg is one of the most popular granular all-round lawn fertilisers on the market with the active ingredients of Nitrogen (N – 26), Phosphorus (P – 2), Potassium(K – 9) and Iron (Fe – 3.4). Suitable for ZoysiaKikuyuCouch and Buffalo grasses. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.


Acelepryn GR 10kg

Acelepryn GR 10kg Bag provides unmatched granular seasonal control against seasonal Long Grub and Caterpillar control in one single application. Suitable for ZoysiaKikuyuCouch and Buffalo grasses. Always read the safety directions and instructions on the product label before use.


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