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. 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:
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 phosphorous and potassium.
Ideal to use for lawn repair patches, over-sowing cool season grass lawns that collapse in the heat, or for new lawns where you prefer to have a higher percentage of Emerald Kikuyu lawn seeds, this product responds well to a fertilising of Munns Buffalo Booster, Munns Buffalo Green or Munns Golf Course Green Lawn Fertiliser in Spring and Autumn.
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' 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' (which will eventually die) 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 21 - 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.
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%||85%|