Colour ? Light to mid green
Sun vs Shade ? Full sun and part shade
Leaf Shape ? Tall
Drought Tolerance ? Yes – warm season lawn
Runners ? Under and above ground
Water Usage ? Minimal water, once established
Root System ? Deep
Self Repairing ? Yes
Spread by Seed ? No
Mowing Height ? Low to medium
Ideal time to install/lay/plant ? All year round
If you are looking for a good hardy lawn that doesn’t require much water (once established) then this is it.
Mallee Kikuyu grass is a dwarf male sterile variety MSK that does not spread by seed, which is a different type of Kikuyu than the "common Kikuyu".
Kikuyu grass is considered as the most drought resistant lawn on the market and is light to mid green in colour. It is a medium textured lawn with a strong growth structure which thrives in full sunlight and has superior drought tolerance. It is extremely hard wearing, soft to touch and fantastic for children, dogs and high traffic areas. It is well suited to Australia’s climate and is widely used in home lawns, nature strips, ovals, parks and schools. Kikuyu has a creeping/runner growth and a deep root system and has a sterile seed, it is exceptionally fast growing and self repairing. It recovers rapidly from any wear and damage.
Of the warm season grasses, Mallee Kikuyu has the best winter colour.
Kikuyu grass requires strict control to keep it out of garden beds but uses the least amount of water to continue looking great.
Characteristics: Warm Season Grass
- Extremely hard wearing and self repairing
- Hardy, drought resistant/tolerant
- Great for high traffic areas, dogs & kids
- Soft leaf
- Aggressive runner system, above and below the ground
- Does not spread by seed
- Disease resistent
- Will rapidly spread out and can become invasive.
- Used on ovals, parks, schools and nature strips
- Will keep better colour if fertilised well in Autumn & Spring
- Summer green colour will fade going into Winter
- Luxury of going dormant in Winter means reduced watering or mowing
No more than 30-40% of the Kikuyu leaf should be removed in any one mow. Keep mower blades sharp and avoid cutting grass when wet. Mowing height is an important factor in promoting healthy lawn.
In Summer mow every 7-10 days.
During Autumn and Winter every 2-5 weeks, only if necessary.
The amount of water that your lawn will need will depend on your rainfall and the output of your sprinkers. Underground drippers will need to be left on for longer.
During Summer when the average temperature is over 30 degrees, you will need to water about 3 times a week.
Autumn and Spring will be about 2 times a week, and Winter about once a fortnight.
The above recommendations are a guide only. During times of drought minimal water will allow the lawn to survive.
Broadleaf sprays control clover, bindi and broadleaf weed and should be applied before the weeds start to flower.
Wintergrass control should be applied annually between April and August.
To help maintain colour during winter, beef up your lawn with nitrogen and iron during Autumn. Fertilise again in the spring to help maintain a green and healthy lawn.