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Kikuyu grass is a native grass to East Africa. It was first described properly by Emilio Chiovend in 1903.

Kikuyu grass grows from rhizomes and has matte roots.  It self-propagates from rooted nodes that send bunches of grass nodes from the soil.  Its leaves are green and fold upward at the midrib. It grows to a height of up to between 70-150mm.

Advantages Of Kikuyu Grass Lawn

Because it is indigenous to our region, Kikuyu grass is an easy to care for grass.  It grows faster from along the stolons that run parallel to the grounds while root nodes too send new shoots. This faster growth means less time tending it before it fills out the yard area. It also means that the grass recovers fast from trampling due to sports or outdoor activities.

It is cheap because it grows naturally and can be found along roads, streams and forest edge areas. For lovers of wildlife gardening, the grass serves as food source for the long tailed Widow bird. Kikuyu grass withstands drought and can grow in full sun and semi shade. Of course if you have livestock, Kikuyu grass is a good fodder crop.


How To Plant Kikuyu Grass

Like all grass type, the grass needs a ground prepared to a fine tilth.  The ground should be clear of any roots and stones. Ensure a gentle slope so that drainage is sufficient.

Kikuyu grass can be planted in three ways: by planting of sprigs, Seeds or installing Sods

Grass sprigs

Grass sprigs are a faster way of getting your lawn compared to seed sowing. Generally this is the most preferred method of planting a Kikuyu lawn. It is cheap and establishes faster. Grass sprigs are inserted an inch into the soil and pressed down firmly. Immediately after planting water the grass deeply.

The newly planted grass should be watered every day for two weeks and thereafter watering switched to thrice a week.


Planting Kikuyu Grass by Carpets

If you want an instant lawn, Kikuyu grass is your grass of choice.

The carpets are cut out from the ground in sizes of about two feet squared. The ground for carpet grass is prepared just like that of grass sprigs. The carpets are then laid in sequence one after the other. Where the carpets meet, the joining is not complete and the the gaps here are filled by addition of red soil. Sometimes the carpets are not cut to uniform size of thickness. To mitigate against this uneven thickness that makes the ground seem uneven, a roller is passed over to create uniformity.

Carpet grass requires dense watering soon after the grass is laid down. There key disadvantage of Kikuyu grass carpets is that sometimes comes with a lot weeds.

Planting Kikuyu grass by seed sowing

Sowing Kikuyu grass is rarely done locally. This is due to the slow growing seeds take to full occupy a given area. Sowing can be done in lines but broadcasting is preferred. When broad casting mix the seed with coarse sand so that they are evenly distributed with the yard. A gentle rake of the ground may be necessary to have the seeds covered with soil. A seeded are needs through watering. However the watering should be with a fine rose sprinkler to prevent water from exposing he seeds.









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