Kikuyu (Pennisetum clandestinum) is a ground cover perennial grass that is used as a grass that is very drought resistant. This is the ideal alternative for the warmer regions. It has a pretty green color and is very soft to the touch since it is slightly hairy. This sturdy turf will perfectly fill a garden where trampling is common. Discover the benefits of kikuyu turf.
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What is kikuyu turf?
Kikuyu grass is a grass used as a grass from the family of Grasses (Grasses). Native to East Africa, this highly invasive species has arrived in mass along the Mediterranean. Its rhizomatous and stoloniferous roots make it a very useful plant as a ground cover and therefore for the creation of lawn.
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At first, the leaves of the kikuyu are green and wrapped on themselves. Over time, they unfold and become flat and can be up to 30 cm long. The plant can reach a maximum size of 60 cm when all conditions are optimal and the soil is particularly fertile. As summer approaches, small flowers appear in the form of ears and then turn into small seeds of brownish color. Once well implanted, the plant begins to colonize the soil from side to side and destroys all other weeds in its path.
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Credits: Smileyjoanne/iStock Maintenance and sowing of kikuyu turf
This type of turf requires only a few regular watering shortly after sowing. It takes place in the spring when any risk of frost is ruled out. Seedlings can begin when temperatures are around 16 to 21°C. With a little compost to promote its growth, your new turf is ready to spread! Once mature, it should never be mowed less than 10 cm, which also reduces its maintenance.
Advantages and disadvantages of kikuyu turf
As said before, this grass allows you to have a green space quickly and without too much maintenance. It is very resistant to trampling as well as heat and drought. It can remain green even when it is poorly watered and even if it turns yellow, it will regain its green color from the first rains or when watering.
Despite all its strengths, kikuyu has some disadvantages. First of all, it resists very little to the cold. Below 7°C, it turns yellow. At -2°C, the leaves freeze and beyond -9°C its roots are destroyed. With its tracing stems, it is very difficult to isolate it, so it can very quickly colonize your neighbor’s garden. It can not be mowed very short and therefore can not be trimmed like an “English” lawn. Finally, it costs expensive to purchase: about 50€ per 1 kg of seeds.