Emerald Kikuyu is a turf type kikuyu that has a darker green colour and finer leaf texture than vegetative kikuyu and other seeded varieties. Emerald Kikuyu is more cold tolerant than other warm season grasses and as a result, retains its green colour better in winter. It also withstands heat and drought well and is not susceptible to many common turf pests or diseases. It has good tolerance of wear and quickly recovers from injury. Its fine dense habit means it provides an excellent turf for the home gardener.

Some qualities of the Emerald Kikuyu are: 

  • First turf-type Australian bred seeded Kikuyu grass.
  • Less invasive than other varieties.
  • Handles tough temperature, wear, part shade and drought conditions.

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.

Use the calculator below to calculate how much product is required to sow a lawn.


What to expect

After 1 week

After 3 week

After 6 weeks

(Results may vary depending on soil temperature)



  • 1kg = 50m2 new lawn coverage of 100m2 oversow coverage
  • 2.5kg = 125mnew lawn coverage of 250m2 oversow coverage
  • 25kg = 1250mnew lawn coverage of 250m2 oversow coverage

Contains Munns Weta Lawn and Garden with trace elements to assist your lawn during establishment.

Munns Emerald Kikuyu Lawn Seed Mix 500g, 1kg and 2.5kg
Contains By Count Minimum Germination
Emerald Kikuyu CT5000 10% Above 85%
Improved Turf Type Perennial Ryegrass 90% 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. 

See below our recommended directions for application on new lawns and lawn repair. 

Directions for new lawns

  • Soil is to be evenly graded, well drained and level.
  • Lightly rake the area one way to create furrows.
  • Mix lawn seed with Munns Superstart Lawn Starter Fertiliser and broadcast evenly over the area.
  • Lightly rake in the opposite direction.
  • Keep the top 1cm of soil moist at all times during germination using a fine mist spray.
  • Mowing your new lawn should take place at approx. 4 -5 weeks when seedlings are about 5 – 6cm high. After 5-6 weeks fertilise your new lawn with Munns Buffalo Booster, Buffalo Green or Golf Course Lawn Fertiliser.

Directions for lawn repair

  • Cut existing lawn down hard. 
  • Using a steel rake disturb the soil by raking through the whole lawn. 
  • Mix with Superstart Lawn Starter Fertiliser and broadcast over the whole lawn. Then lightly top dress with a sandy loam no more than 1cm. 
  • Keep the top 1cm of soil moist at all times during germination using a fine mist spray.
  • Mow when the Kikuyu is around 5 cm high, just taking off the tips. After the second cut lower the mower to 2.5cm this is important to allow the light and warmth into the Kikuyu so it will establish quicker. Keep the cutting at this height.

Fertilise every 3 months with Munns Buffalo Booster, Buffalo Green or Golf Course Green Lawn fertiliser as directed.

The best time to sow is Spring, Summer or early Autumn with a minimum ground temperature of 18°C.


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