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Variety Description:Kikuyu Grass - More Information on this Grass can be found here.

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Kikuyu is listed on the FEDERAL NOXIOUS LIST.  It can ONLY be shipped to certain States & Counties.  You must live in these areas to plant:

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Kikuyu Grass is a warm season perennial lawn grass adapted to irrigated areas of the lower deserts in Arizona. It is a deep rooted, sod forming grass, spread by seed, rhizomes ( underground runners), and stolons (above ground runners). It is a difficult species to produce seed and until recently it was unavailable in Arizona. Now with modern production techniques, seed is readily available from our Arizona seed grower. It is a drought tolerant grass that produces a dense turf with many advantages over bermudagrass lawns.

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COMPARING KIKUYU TO BERMUDA:
Kikuyu will stay green longer in the fall, and green up earlier in the spring. Like bermudagrass it will go dormant in the winter, but will remain active until temperatures go down to the mid 30’s F, while bermudagrass goes off color when temperatures are in the mid 40’s F. If soil moisture is maintained during the winter, Kikuyu can re-green during warm periods. In protected areas it has the ability to stay green year-round.

Kikuyu also maintains a very high degree of wear tolerance during its dormant period.  While a bermudagrass turf breaks down rapidly after it goes dormant, leaving bare soils,  Kikuyu will keep its integrity for a longer time, making the playing surface safer. In Australia it is preferred over bermudagrass for this reason.

KIKUYU ADVANTAGES
Another big advantage of seeded Kikuyu Grass over seeded Bermudagrass is that people allergic to Bermudagrass do not seem to be bothered by Kikuyu Grass. Bermudagrass tends to produce alot of pollen producing seed heads between mowing, while Kikuyu does not produce many seed heads between mowing. Bermudagrass pollen (Like Olive pollen) tends to be an nasal irritant, while Kikuyu does not seem to have the same effect on people. While we cannot make the statement that Kikuyu grass is going to be pollen free and non-allergic to everybody, it certainly appears to be much less problematic than bermudagrass.

  • Kikuyu is courser than bermudagrass.
  • It has runners similar in texture to St. Augustine grass.
  • Kikuyu can re-green during warm periods.
  • In protected areas it has the ability to stay green year-round.
Kikuyu is courser than bermudagrass. It has runners similar in texture to St. Augustine grass.
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Kikuyu Description

Kikuyugrass is a low-growing, warm-season perennial grass, native to tropical Africa. It spreads vigorously by both rhizomes and stolons. The stems and leaves are covered with fine hairs.

Kikuyu History

Common kikuyugrass was originally introduced into Southern California from Australia for use as erosion control along ditches and banks. It is adapted to the California coast, from San Diego to San Francisco, and inland to the desert and mountains. It has also been introduced into southeastern portions of the United States, into Texas and along the Gulf Coast.

Because of its invasive characteristics, kikuyugrass is listed as a Federal Noxious Weed. However, seed is sold and produced in California, Arizona and Texas with certain restrictions. In many cases, particularly on golf courses, parks and cemeteries, common kikuyu has become a dominant turfgrass species. Rather than institute an eradication program, many turf managers have developed maintenance programs to encourage kikuyu development.

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