Kikuyu grass is extremely easy to take care of. It grows and spreads quickly and is the perfect turf plant to replace a lawn or cover up bare patches.
This type of grass is the ideal solution for dry spells, areas of high foot traffic and water restrictions. In areas where the climate is hot in summer and mild in winter, this is the ground cover you want in your garden.
Transplanting Kikuyu instant lawn
Kikuyu grass is very easy to propagate through transplanting. While it flourishes throughout the year, it will benefit from spring planting.
Planting Kikuyu runners is very easy and you can direct the runners to maximise coverage. Secondary runners will soon sprout and make the lawn denser.
Water often at the beginning, but less frequently as it becomes establish otherwise you’ll need to mow your lawn too frequently.
Kikuyu doesn’t like to be mowed too often or too short, so space mowing some time apart. It also doesn’t need fertiliser, as it grows well in any type of soil. In livestock fields, you’ll notice interesting grass mounds where it’s flourished from the animal droppings.
- Exposure – full sun
- Soil – ordinary
- The most widely used variety
- Vigorous grower
- Suitable for full sun, not shade tolerant
- Bright green in colour
- Coarse leaf texture
- Good recovery from drought
- Suits a wide range of soil types
- Fast establishment rate
- Excellent wearability
- Cut regularly during summer
- Goes dormant on the Highveld in winter
- Requires a minimum of 6 hours of direct sunlight per day to thrive
Availability: All year
Collection: JHB & PTA
Kikuyu grass from Evergreen Turf
Get in touch with us today to chat about getting Kikuyu instant lawn for your garden or field. It’s available all year round and can be collected from Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Before planting, soil should be moistened to a depth of 15cm. Dig the area over thoroughly, to a depth of at least 15cm. The area must be leveled carefully as it is very difficult to correct levels after the grass has been laid.
Handling of Instant Lawn
Although the sods are well knitted together, careful handling is desirable. Do not leave sod in sun for long periods. For best results, Warm Season Grasses should be laid within 12 hours of delivery.
Watering Maintenance for Establishment Phase
Water immediately after planting, sufficiently to moisten the soil to a depth of 11 – 20mm. In hot months every day, in the morning and afternoon for 2 weeks or until the grass is established.
In cool months, every day, mornings only for 2 weeks or until the grass are established.NB: Do not water later than 2pm so that the grass can dry off before night falls. Although adequate watering is very important, over watering and “puddling” must be avoided. Different types of soil must be taken into consideration
Since Warm Season grass grows most actively in Spring & Summer, this is when it needs to be fertilized most. It is beneficial to scarify warm season lawns first in spring when an application of 5:1:5 can be introduced onto the roots at 50g / m². Lawns do best when fertilized "little and often”. Grass growing in sandy soil needs to be fertilize more often than that growing in a clay soil, since the nutrients leach out far more readily in the first instance.
Conventional or controlled (slow) release fertilizer can be used. General fertilization recommendation as follows:
- Spring: 5:1:5 applied @ 50g/m² (beginning of Aug & end Sept)
- Summer: 5:1:5 or LAN controlled release 50g/m² (Mid Nov, end Dec & end Jan)
- Autumn: 5:1:5 controlled release 50g/m² (beginning of March & end of April)
- Winter: No fertilizer is necessary while the grass is dormant.
When to Establish
- Instant Lawn: All year round
- Spriggs: Preferably do not sprigg in winter months on the Highveld
- Instant Lawn: All year round
When to Mow
As soon as the sod is firmly secured to the ground, mowing can begin by removing no more than ⅓ of the leaf length. For further information on mowing heights, please refer to the maintenance section.