As a warm-season grass, Emerald Kikuyu grows best over summer when temperatures are in the range 15 – 40°C. The grass has better winter colour retention than most and does not readily discolour with a single frost. The minimum temperature for growth is about 8°C (on established Emerald), well below that of most warm season grasses, such as Bermudagrass or couch grass (Cynodon dactylon).
Emerald Kikuyu has excellent tolerance for sustained periods of drought, even on sandy soils. It tolerates moderate soil salinity and salt spray and also has good tolerance to water logging.
This seed can be established on a wide range of soils. While it does best on well structured soils of high fertility, it can thrive on silty soils and sandy soils with moderate fertility. It can establish on very acidic soils (to pH 4.5) and soils with low phosphorus and potassium.
- First turf-type Australian bred seeded Kikuyu grass.
- Less invasive than other varieties.
- Handles tough temperature, wear, part shade and drought conditions.
- Other Sizes Available
Contains: Emerald Kikuyu CT5000 and Improved Turf Type Perennial Ryegrass By Count: 10%: 90% Minimum Germination: Above 85%
How to Use
Emerald Kikuyu Lawn Seed Mix can take 1 - 3 weeks to germinate (depending on soil temperature) and because of this we have mixed the Kikuyu with a 'mother crop' (Improved Turf Type Perennial Ryegrass) that will germinate very quickly. This will help crowd out any weed seeds that germinate, and slowly but surely the Kikuyu will grow and slowly over-run the 'mother crop' and you will end up with a beautiful emerald green kikuyu lawn. It is important to keep the top 1cm moist at all times during germination. The best time to sow Emerald Kikuyu Lawn Seed mix is Spring, Summer or early Autumn, however with that being said, it can be sown 12 months of the year provided ground temperatures are around 18 - 23C. It is very important to start cutting the ‘mother crop’ as soon as it reaches approx 5cm, and aiming to keep this cut to around 2.5cm. This will allow the warmth and sunlight into the ‘thatch’ to bring on the Emerald Kikuyu. If you let the ‘mother crop’ get too high, then this will shade the Emerald Kikuyu and slow its establishment.