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Kikuyugrass, Whittet

DISCLAIMER: Kikuyu grass seed is available but by law shipments are restricted to the states of Arizona, Hawaii and the southern counties of California. Please contact us for pricing and information.


Description

Kikuyugrass is a vigorous, warm season grass that spreads by rhizomes and runners. It is native to tropical Africa and was first introduced in California in the 1930’s as an erosion control grass for ditchbanks and slopes. It has spread throughout Southern California and is most prevalent in coastal areas. The appearance is similar to St Augustine grass with a coarse blade texture but is more agressive with fleshy runners. The variety ‘Whittet’ is an improvement over common with taller or more erect growth with broader leaves and thicker stems.

Characteristics

FEATURES:

  • Warm-season grass (not for cold or high elevation)
  • Vigorous/invasive grower
  • Produces quick cover

BENEFITS:

  • Low maintenance
  • Withstands traffic
  • Drought tolerant along coast
  • Moderate shade tolerance

Uses

Golf Courses and large, low maintenance turf areas. Grows where most other grass wiil not grow. Excellent for erosion control and pastures. Not recommended for residential areas due to invasiveness.

Seeding Rates

New turf: 50-100 pounds per acre or 1-2 pounds per 1,000 square feet. Sow seed in spring-summer. Prechilling seed for 5 days at 40 degrees will improve germination by 5%. It is best to drill seed rather than broadcasting. Drill at 1/2 to 3/4 inch depth. If broadcasting cover with 1/2 inch of soil or mulch. Normal germination period is 14-21 days.

Adaptability & Care

Moderate irrigation in warm weather.
Mowing height from 1 to 3 inches.
Fertilize three times per year during growing season every other month. Use ‘Stover Seed Kikuyu Plus’ fertilizers for ‘Potable’ or ‘Reclaimed’ water. Contact our office or visit our website for fertilizer specification sheets.

Ingredients & Specifications

95% Minimum purity
85% Minimum germination.
880,000 seeds per pound.

RESTRICTIONS: By order of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, this seed may only be planted in the counties of Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

Recent Planting Sites

Walnut Grove Park, San Marcos

Product Datasheet Case Study: Simi Valley Dog Park
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