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Kikuyu is listed on the FEDERAL NOXIOUS LIST. It
can ONLY be shipped to certain States & Counties.
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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.
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.
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
Kikuyu is courser than bermudagrass.
has runners similar in texture to St. Augustine grass.
- Kikuyu can re-green during warm
- In protected areas it has the ability
to stay green year-round.
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.
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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