Winter is one of the best times to kill Kikuyu from your Buffalo, Couch, or Zoysia turf. Kikuyu is still active in many parts of Australia, whilst the other grass types almost stop growing. Kikuyu can swiftly overtake a lawn if not kept in check.
In the event that you have even a trace of Kikuyu, you’ll need to do one of the steps below for the next couple of winters, until the Kikuyu has been eradicated. In the event the Kikuyu gets too thick in Buffalo, the only way to get rid of it is kill the entire lawn and start again, thus it is worth taking the following advice.
1) Kikuyu can be mass sprayed out of Zoysia or Couch by professionals, with specialist chemicals, but this is not possible with Buffalo turf. For those that are a commercial lawn maintenance contractor, then the best chemical to work with is DSMA to take out Kikuyu in Couch and Zoysia. It will often require a few applications, over a few months. It’s not a one spray option.
A new herbicide called Tribute will be launched soon, and at a recent seminar I heard that this used in combination with DSMA has a lot better results taking out Kikuyu. They spayed with DSMA first, then followed up later with two applications a few weeks apart of Tribute. I’m not sure when the use for on the label, but it is worth waiting for, because the correct application and combination increased the kill of Kikuyu to 98%.
2) In Buffalo, the only answer is …read more