This male sterile variety of Kikuyu is vigorous in growth and tolerant of heavy traffic and drought conditions. This creeping perennial has stolons and rhizomes with above and below ground runners. It is a vigorous, light green grass with flattened clubs and takes root from its lower nodes. Kikuyu has a high wearability, especially when grown in full sun and good ability to recuperate. It has a high teaching tendency and is quick to establish.
Kikuyu originated in the East African highlands. Its common name was derived in 1903 from the Kikuyu people of Kenya who traditionally lived east of the Aberdare Mountains where the grass thrives. Kikuyu was introduced to Australia by seed in 1919 and then propagated vegetatively for more than 50 years.
Kikuyu does not particularly like saline soils, but grows well on any well-drained fertile soil. It has a wide adaptability but does prefer moist, medium textured soils. Kikuyu is usually intolerant of shade. This variety has high cold and frost tolerance and strong resistance to disease and weeds.
Kikuyu will hold colour well in most conditions. It makes an especially good lawn on large areas and is one of the most economical turfs. Commonly used domestically and commercially. Extremely pet tolerant.
Sir Wally is a high quality, low maintenance,
shade tolerant grass which is ideal for heavy traffic areas. Sir Wally is a turf grown in South Australia for South Australian conditions. Unlike the old buffalo, it is not a coarse turf – the barb has been removed to give a soft feel – great for children and pets. It will also self-repair which is important if you have dogs.
Santa Anna Couch
Santa Anna is a Californian hybrid variety that has a fine, soft leaf texture and low growing appeal. Santa Anna Couch is a semi-vigorous creeping perennial with above ground runners which can be maintained in a given area by bordering. Santa Anna has a high wear tolerance and an excellent ability to recuperate quickly. This variety has a bright green leaf colour and good colour retention, giving it a superior appearance. Santa Anna Couch has a short dormancy period in the South Australian region over winter, depending upon frost frequency. Recommended for both residential and commercial applications.