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Published : 03/19/2021 20:22:50
Categories : Advice
It is seen more and more in gardens: straight from tropical lands, Kikuyu turf has many advantages such as drought resistance, or the ability to adapt to soils close to the sea and high summer temperatures... If you too would like your exterior to be adorned with a beautiful green, follow these tips!
A herbaceous plant in the Poaceaefamily, or grasses, kikuyu has rhizomatous tracer roots, and is used as a ground cover, in other words - and you will understand it - as a turf. Aesthetically speaking, it is interesting because its leaves are a beautiful clear green,a little hairy and flat once they are mature.
As it comes from tropical areas,Kikuyu turf is more suitable for some weather than others. Therefore, you need to be sure that the climate that characterizes where you live is adequate, especially in terms of average temperature. Indeed, a harsh winter will not suit this turf and will prevent it from developing. It can even be noted that from temperatures below 5oC, it will tend to turn yellow. Similarly, frost episodes - if any - will even threaten to destroy its roots (as long as temperatures are below -3 degrees Celsius).
On the other hand, a humid atmosphere will promote its growth: this is why we will tend, if we live in France, to favour the use of this type of grass in a Mediterranean climate. Thus, even with strong summer heat,the kikuyu turf, unlike a more "standard" turf, will be able to continue its growth and you will be able to maintain a sheath height ranging from 8 to 15 centimeters.
If you live in a place that allows it, you can plant your kikuyu turf in early spring, around May.
Be careful though: you should only do so when temperatures reach 15 degrees Celsius, and be alert to the fact that they do not exceed 21 degrees Celsius. So you'll have to wait a few more weeks if it's still cold at the end of April. This is important because a temperature (even slightly) too low or too high will significantly slow the growth of your turf.
To plant it, you can sow, like a traditional lawn. Stick to a dose ranging from 10 to 12 g per sq m. Do not hesitate to water regularly at the beginning, so that the roots can grow properly. Don't panic: watering will no longer be necessary once your roots have matured. On the other hand, in case you want to boost its growth a bit, don't deprive yourself of a small addition of compost. If the spread of your kikuyu turf will be slow in the first year, the ones that follow will see it grow to about 40 cm... You may even be a little surprised!
If maintenance doesn't take you a long time, the lawn will need it. You should not expect to see it reach a sufficient maturity in a few weeks... Don't worry: once your lawn matures, it will be resistant and won't get damaged anytime soon.
If your lawn starts to turn slightly during a long period of drought, which should not affect the kikuyu too much, a simple watering will allow it to regain that pretty green color that characterizes it. In the same way if you have children who are used to playing outside, fear not: it will easily support their different games, and its delicate texture will allow them to fall or stumble without getting hurt.
Kikuyu does not require as much maintenance as a lawn in terms of mowing. Therefore, don't bother every week to get your lawnmower out... It's really not helpful and you risk wasting your energy for nothing. Where you have to pay attention, however, is the quality of the soil: soil that is too sandy could be too poor. So consider enriching your soil if this is the case - with fertilizer, or seaweed for example.
Finally, kikuyu turf, if it grows well properly, can quickly become invasive. To prevent it from overflowing with the neighbors, make sure it doesn't spread... You're in danger of clashing with them!
The other drawback of kikuyu turf with its invasive side is its cost. Indeed, a turf resistant to heat and trampling and that requires little maintenance once mature, it has a price ... You will need to count a budget of about 50 euros for 1 kg of seeds.Are you tempted by this green lawn? Check out our kikuyu turf offering!