Kikuyu is a drought tolerant lawn that will thrive in any soil range. In the summer months Kikuyu is known for its aggressive growth, covering quickly with runners.

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Product Description

Kikuyu is a drought tolerant lawn that will thrive in any soil range. In the summer months Kikuyu is known for its aggressive growth, covering quickly with runners.

Kikuyu is used extensively throughout parks and in high traffic communal spaces like dog parks, nature strips and active open space areas.

Kikuyu is a proven performer and is a great all round open space grass.

Product Guide
Botanical name

Pennisetum clandestinum 


Best grown in full sun. Will tolerate up to 40% shade.

  1. Mow every 7-10 days in the hot months; every 3-6 weeks in the cold months.
  2. Mowing height: 20-50mm if grown in full sun, 50-70mm if grown in part shade.
  3. Sharpen mower blades frequently.
  4. Allow to grow to maximum length during the cooler months to maintain colour and vigour.

It is essential that instant turf is laid on moist soil. Then it’s important to water the turf in soon after laying to prevent it from drying out. Watering should wet the sod and the top 30-50 mm of soil. The turf needs to be kept moist over the first few days after laying.

After the root system is fully established, water thoroughly only when required:

Once every 7-10 days during warm or hot summer weather (more often on sandy soils), and much less in cooler months.

Remember that infrequent, deep watering promotes a healthy lawn by encouraging the knitting of the turf sod to the soil. Over-watering can be a problem because it encourages excessive growth, disease and root rot.

Guide to watering your new lawn
  1. Root initiation and development – typically the first week
    The turf may require watering three times a day for the first week, depending on the temperature, relative humidity, and wind. This is particularly important if using a water tanker.
  2. Soil/root system establishment – typically the second week
    Water every second day, and every day if hot and dry, to keep the turf moist.
  3. Third and fourth weeks
    Water less frequently, reducing to twice a week by the fourth week. Only water more on hot and dry days.
  • For best results use a slow release fertiliser three times per year (early spring, mid-summer, and late autumn). In the heat of summer avoid over-fertilising or using manure-based products.
  • If you need a quick green up, use a liquid fertiliser high in nitrogen to promote a lush green lawn. 
  • Do not use weed-and- feed fertilisers unless otherwise stated on product back panel.

Tolerant to many off-the-shelf weed, pest and disease sprays. See manufacturers’ instructions for full details.


Kikuyu is offered for sale year-round. However, establishment during the winter months (or unseasonably cold weather) is not ideal and carries certain risks and challenges such as:

  • The grass will be very slow to establish a new root system.
  • The grass will deteriorate without direct sunlight.
  • The grass will deteriorate if kept saturated.
  • The grass is dormant – it will not be active and will lack green colour.
  • The grass will not sustain or recover from repeated use.
  • The grass will become active when air and soil temperatures rise. 

Kikuyu is best installed between September and April.

Kikuyu is available in small rolls and maxi rolls.

Leaf structure

  • Leaf width: 6.4mm average
  • Leaf length: 20.2mm average
  • Leaf colour: Bright green in summer, pale green to yellow in winter dormancy
  • Pale green to yellow dormancy depending on local conditions
  • Broad leaf structure, soft to touch
Root structure

Extremely deep rooted.
Will tolerate moderate salt levels.


Trim edges as required. Kikuyu will run into garden beds but its vigorous nature also makes it very drought hardy.

Kikuyu can be over-sown with Rye grass to improve colour and activity during the cooler months of dormancy. Sports fields regularly undertake this practice, over-seeding the Rye grass in the autumn and renovating it out in the spring.

The Rye grass will protect the underlying warm seasons grass from damage. The Rye grass will stress in the warmer months unless watered.

The underlying drought-tolerant Kikuyu will therefore persist better in the warmer months. Low mowing will also encourage the Kikuyu to out-compete the Rye grass as it will stress and expose the underlying Kikuyu to sunlight.

Thickness of sod

Approx. 25mm 



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What our clients say
“Our open space area, adjacent to Optus stadium had become over-used and unsightly. CoverLawn is a great solution for this area, solving our problem and improving our asset”.
Adam Grant, BGIS WA, Facilities Service Manager – Optus Stadium
“CoverLawn has transformed the Eastern Reserve Dog Park. Park closures have been reduced and the residents and dogs could not be happier! A fantastic result with CoverLawn”.
Tracey Allen, Citywide, Open Spaces Operations Supervisor
"I’d like to thank Peter and his turf laying crew from HG turf for supplying and laying over 1600m2 of kikuyu turf at Dennis Reserve this week. It was well organised, planned as per schedule and looks fantastic. Great job, Thanks again"
Eddy Bondrov, Citywide, Project Manager