Choosing Kikuyu Grass – 3 Common Mistakes To Avoid
Kikuyu is a proven performer in most Australian climates, and is a vigorous grower that stands up to a wide range of conditions. Although Kikuyu is generally used for commercial and broad-acre projects, it is also commonly used for home lawns. However, when selecting Kikuyu for your garden, there are a few key mistakes that consumers generally make that should be avoided.
Avoid: Using Kikuyu grass in shady areas
Although a well maintained Kikuyu grass lawn could look good in areas of full sun, it doesn’t stand up to shade-affected areas and quite often becomes patchy and dies off. This is particularly crucial when choosing Kikuyu grass for newly planted gardens as initially you may have plenty of sun, but as plants grow, more shade is inevitable.
Avoid: Laying Kikuyu grass near garden beds
Due to its vigorous growth patterns, Kikuyu is a very invasive grass and doesn’t tend to want to stay put in its designated area. Because of this, Kikuyu may not be your best option around or near your gardens. Due to its strong vertical and sub-surface growth habits, your average Kikuyu lawn can easily invade and spread throughout your garden, and becomes very difficult to control as this is mainly occurring beneath the surface.
Avoid: Higher lawn maintenance effort and cost
Although a Kikuyu lawn’s initial cost is lower than that of a soft-leaf buffalo lawn, the long-term maintenance and upkeep costs are much higher. Kikuyu is highly susceptible to both weeds and pests, and as its growth is vigorous, you will be spending a lot more time pushing your mower around. A higher initial investment in a superior lawn variety will save you time, effort and money over the long run, not to mention you will have a better looking lawn for it!
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