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Kenda Kikuyu Turf Grass – A Sports Turf that is drought and wear tolerant

Kenda Kikuyu Turf Grass – A Sports Turf that is drought and wear tolerant

Todd Layt - Kenda Kikuyu Turf

Hi I’m Todd Layt the breeder of Kenda Kikuyu Turf.

I’d like to tell you a little about this new variety and why it’s such a big improvement over common kikuyu. In breeding Kenda my first aim was to develop a Kikuyu that is not going to spread by seed everywhere.

While breeding I had quite a few that would do that but then I listened to what turf farmers, sports turf professionals and home owners had to say. The common theme was they wanted a kikuyu grass that would survive better those excessive wear areas.

Some said while you’re at it what about one that would roll up better, One that was less susceptible to kikuyu yellows disease, one that needs less mowing, is better in shade and one that has much better winter colour.

To me that meant testing all the selections in plots to find one that did most of these things. The one I finally chose did all these things except one. It was not significantly more shade tolerant.

Even though Kenda grows much faster across the ground, left un-mown it tended to  be slightly shorter. Kenda has 4 times as many rhizomes also known as under ground runners compared to common kikuyu and stolons (or runners) that were more than double the length.

Up until now many sports facilities used couch as it had more under ground runners but now with the advent of Kenda the job can be done better with all the other benefits that come with it.

The winter colour of Kenda is the best of any kikuyu, buffalo, couch, Zoysia or any warm season turf. It grows much more actively in winter than all other types. Kenda has shown itself to be very resistant to kikuyu yellows disease.

Turf farmers love it because it rolls up better. They no longer have to use horrible netting like you often had to on common kikuyu. Already it has been used successfully on sporting venues, parks and general turfing areas that have ful sun to light shade.

There’s a real buzz about this turf from the turf professionals who’ve used it. Now it’s time for the home owner to benefit. If you have a dog or hard playing kids in your back yard then Kenda is easily the best choice. This grass recovers from wear far better than any other lawn.

So if you’re looking for a low maintenance lawn for around gardens then look at buffalo or Zoysia but if you want a lawn to survive rampaging animals and people then Kenda Kikuyu is it.

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Todd Layt – About Ozbreed

About Ozbreed

Todd Layt

Todd Layt – Founder of Ozbreed


Ozbreed is an environmental plant and turf breeding company that has been established since 2002, specialising in no fuss, functional and reliable landscape gardening plants and turf.

At Ozbreed, we focus on bringing you innovative plants and turf that are bred for performance. The breeding and development of our products have been significant and testing vigorous. Before we put our products on the market, we want to make sure they are at a high standard. 
Ozbreed plants are revolutionising gardens and the landscape industry by providing a full line of drought tolerant, low maintenance plants that can be used in many situations.

Ozbreeds turf selection is truly one you can rely on. We have identified, tested and developed improved warm season turf. Ozbreed turf varieties are leading the way in the industry and are readily adopted by landscapers, councils, architects, golf course superintendents – anyone who values superior aesthetics and functionality of reduced water and maintenance needs in their landscapes. Nara Native Turf is a great demonstration of Ozbreeds commitment to improved turf, it’s the first all purpose Native Turf available after 10 years of breeding.

There are over 90 wholesale nurseries and over 90 turf companies Australia wide growing Ozbreed products.

About our Environmental Commitments

Environmental breeding

Ozbreed uses natural breeding to produce new varieties. The process mimics nature. Most plants have been bred by choosing a better plant from large batches of seedlings. Many of these new plants will not produce viable seed. E.g. TANIKA® has never produced a viable seed. Plants like LITTLE JESS™ will rarely produce a viable seed, but if they do the seedlings will revert back to natural forms, making these plants an environmentally safe choice. The great thing about using these types of plants is that the design will not only look much better, but the performance of the landscape will be greatly enhanced, all without compromising any environmental factors.


Not only does Ozbreed employ environmental breeding, we try our best to be…continue reading