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