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KIKUYU is excellent for high traffic areas, coastal gardens and drought prone districts in frost free regions of New Zealand. In coastal (SANDY SOIL TYPES ) it is possibly the only type of lawn seed to survive. It can be established to stop caostal erosion from sand moving araound.
YATES KIKUYU LAWN SEED is a blend of fast germinating Ryegrass and Kikuyu seed. The Ryegrass minimises soil or sand erosion and reduces weed competition while the Kikuyu seedlings establish. Once establishesd the Kikuyu will choke out the Ryegrass and take over the space.Ideal for the lawn at the Beach Bach as it requires minimal maintenance
Note. The Kikuyu seed takes longer to germinate, approximately 6 weeks. The contents of the pack states 90% Rygrass 10% Kikuyu, Do not be alarmed by this as the Kikuyu Seed is very fine. Be sure to Mix the contents thoroughly to ensure even distribution of both seeds.
Because Kikuyu is often used to establish a lawn on sandy soil it is important to keep up the watering for a longer period and sowing in Autumn is preferable to Spring due to the increased likelyhood of rain to keep things moist. Sandy type soil is low on organic material so work in Yates DYNAMIC LIFTER ORGANIC LAWN FOOD to the area before sowing. This will gently feed the seed as it germinates ensuring quick establishment.
Sowing your kikuyu seed is the same as for other types of lawn seed. The introduction of topsoil or a lawn soil mix will help with moisture retention and give the new Kikuyu seedlings something to root into short term. The seed must be covered by raking in the opposite direction. A light mulch of Barley Straw after you've sown your seed will also increase moisture retention especially when sowing the lawn at the Beach Batch where you might not always be present to water. the first 7 to 14 days are the most critical re moisture.
Once established it is recommended to mow your new Kikuyu lawn at a height of 2-3 cmm regularly, this is to promote horizontal growth from the kikuyu runners.
Sandy type soil doesn't hold on the nutrients like normal soil types so can leach out pretty quickly. Yates DYNAMIC LIFTER LAWN FOOD is the best option here as it will gently feed the Kikuyu and help build up a base around the roots and boost soil life.
There generally isnt a need for this as the Kikuyu is the dominate variety, suppressing all in its path. It can be invasive so a watch on surrounding ornamental gardens needs to be maintained