Kenda Kikuyu Turf, Best Winter Colour, Handles Heavy Wear and Drought | Kenda Turf Articles

Kenda Kikuyu Turf, Best Winter Colour, Handles Heavy Wear and Drought | Kenda Turf Articles

The cultivar is called KIK203, and is marketed under the name of Kenda. I was the breeder of this grass. As a former turf grower, I know the pain of not being able to get Kikuyu to roll up.

In breeding this grass I aimed for much stronger rhizomes and stolons, which was certainly achieved. The grass is also ready quicker on the farm. In the pot trial, Kenda was the only grass that had Rhizomes coming out the bottom of the pots. These numerous deep Rhizomes have greatly increased Kenda’s ability to handle heavy wear and prolonged drought.

When mown, Kenda looks surprisingly fine leafed, and as it is one strain of grass it looks much more uniform than common Kikuyu. Feed back from growers has been excellent. In breeding trials we grew this turf next to common Kikuyu and two other Kikuyu turf types which were not commercialised.

The Kenda grew in much faster than the others but remarkably when left unmown, the Kenda did not get as tall as the other types. It seems to grow more horizontally rather than vertically. We did not find differences in mowing frequencies compared to the other Kikuyu. Kikuyu, like Couch, needs regular mowing or it will get untidy and thin out, although Kenda does seem to be denser than the common form when left unmown.

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