Common Kikuyu Turf Instructions
- It is important that the turf is laid on the same day that it is received. Finelawn will not warrantee the quality of our turf product if it is stored prior to use. Apply Pre-Plant Starter fertiliser to the soil at 4kgs per 100m2 prior to installing the turf.
- Common kikuyu is a warm season grass which performs best on well drained soils in the transition zone or warmer climates. It is characterised by having underground runners (rhizomes) and above ground runners (stolons). It is hard wearing, durable, drought tolerant and resistant to both fungal disease and chewing insects.
- Immediately after the turf is laid, water to saturation point. Thereafter, keep moist until established. This will take approximately 14-21 days.
- It is preferable to apply water in the mornings rather than during the day. Avoid excessive watering as this will lead to ponding. The ponded water heats up and scorches the plant.
- Mow frequently during the establishment phase at the highest setting on your mower to avoid scalping. This will assist in promoting root development. The initial mowing should be at 40mm – 50mm. Thereafter, mowing every 5-6 days at no lower than 35mm, is optimal through this period. Once the turf is established, normal mowing can continue at a recommended height of 20mm – 30mm.
- Mow regularly using a catcher. Ensure the mower blades are sharp and maintain a minimum mowing height of 30mm. It is preferable to mow in different directions with each cut to avoid a graining effect.
- Apply “BEST” TURF GOLD fertiliser four (4) weeks after installation and thereafter every 10-12 weeks at 2.5kgs per 100m2. A regular application of fertiliser ensures maintenance of the colour, vigour and density of the sward and therefore reduces the likelihood of weed infestations.
- The lawn may require spraying for broadleaf weeds on a bi-annual basis. FINELAWN recommends using Banvine at label rates. Kikuyu is highly susceptible to certain broadleaf herbicides. Please seek advice from the office prior to applications.
- It is recommended to scalp the sward with a rotary mower early in spring, thereafter applying a dressing or Turf Gold fertilizer. Whilst this may appear to be a harsh treatment at the time it will lead to a leafier, finer sward over the summer months and avoid the necessity for verticutting.
If you have any further queries about the maintenance of your lawn please get in touch with us.
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