Kenda Kikuyu

RRP: $11.80 - $12.80 per m2

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Kenda Kikuyu is a fast-establishing lawn, that has been labelled as perfect for the busy Aussie family with kids and pets. Kikuyu’s fast recovery rate means it is also often used for parks, sports fields, race courses and high foot traffic areas. The variety is suited for many regions across Australia, especially where there are cold winters where it maintains its attractive deep green colour.


Kenda Kikuyu is the ideal lawn to handle all kinds of wear and tear – whether it be large dogs, active kids or backyard parties. And for homeowners keen for a good coloured, tough lawn, Kenda grass has the best winter colour of all the warm season turfs – even better than other Kikuyu varieties. Unlike common Kikuyu, Kenda grass is bred to be sterile and produce minimal seed head – meaning it doesn’t spread into your garden and is great for allergy sufferers. Kenda grass is an efficient water user and highly drought tolerant making it an ideal choice for areas with low rainfall or council water restrictions. Behind this soft to touch and underfoot grass, is Kenda Kikuyu’s dense fine-medium leaf which makes it ideal to play and lay on.


Drought Tolerance High once established
Hot Weather Tolerance Excellent. Will prefer warmer, full-sun conditions.
Cold Tolerance Good. Will continue to grow throughout winter and retain colour well.
Salt Tolerance Good. Will tolerate up to 3500ppm.
Mowing Height 25-50mm in full sun, 60-70mm in partly shaded areas
Recovery from Injury Excellent. Vigorous root system will enable rapid recovery after wear.
Use Sporting areas, parks and residential areas.
Texture Medium blade width and dense cover when kept low.


Drought Tolerance

Due to its large prostrate runners and excellent growth rate Kenda Kikuyu copes well under drought conditions. With water restrictions and hot weather becoming an issue across much of Australia, Kenda grass is an ideal choice. After dry weather, Kenda grass quickly re-establishes once water is available making it perfect for homeowners in areas where water restrictions are often enforced.

High Wear Tolerance

Kenda Kikuyu’s strong root system grows quite vigorously resulting in a lawn that establishes quickly, is incredibly wear tolerant and has an excellent recovery rate. In fact, Kenda grass is the only turf variety to have extra-large prostrate runners and four times as many rhizomes compared to other kikuyu varieties, making it incredibly wear tolerant with an excellent recovery rate.

Bright Green Year-Round Colour

Kenda grass is a tough lawn and still has the added key feature of being bright green. Kenda turf also has a slightly greener colour than regular Kikuyu and will stay green during winter as long as it is maintained.

Soft Underfoot

Kenda Kikuyu’s dense green leaf is what makes it soft to touch underfoot and ideal surface for kids and pets to play on.

Less Spreading and Less Allergenic Symptoms

Common Kikuyu and seeded types regularly produce viable seed which spreads into places you don’t want (such as garden beds) and the seed heads can also cause problems for allergy sufferers. Kikuyu, Kenda is bred to be sterile and produce a minimal seed head. This reduces its likelihood of invading surrounding properties or causing problems for allergy sufferers.



Once your Kenda turf is established, infrequent and deep watering is preferably for your new lawn because the roots of your Kenda grass will only grow as deeply as its most frequently available water supply. Deeply rooted Kenda grass has a larger “soil-water bank” to draw moisture from and this will help the grass survive drought and hot weather that rapidly dries out the upper soil layer. Once the root system is full established water your Kenda lawn when slight wilting is visible – during Summer this is usually every 7-10 days (on sandy soils more often) and much less or no water in cooler months. The best time to water your Kenda grass is early morning – night watering is not recommended.


Kenda Kikuyu grows more horizontally than vertically, meaning it will be a smaller height than other Kikuyu lawns when unmown.Kenda grass is also more uniform and has a denser appearance than common Kikuyu. Like other grass types in Australia, to maintain a good-looking lawn it is preferably to regularly mow your Kenda lawn or it will get untidy and thin out. Mow your Kenda Kikuyu every 7-10 days in the hot months and every 3-6 weeks during the cooler months. Mowing height for Kenda Kikuyu will vary from 25mm-50mm in sunny/lightly shaded areas and 50mm-70mm in heavier shaded sites.


We have a specialised fertiliser program available for all our lawns. Click here to access our Fertiliser Program.

Pests and Disease

Kenda Kikuyu is resistant to common pests and lawn diseases compared to most other lawn varieties. However, as with all grasses if problems occur, we recommend watching for Lawn Grub (for example Web Worm or Army Worm) and African Black Beetle and, if found, applying suitable pesticides according to the label’s directions. As Kenda Kikuyu has very good disease tolerance this is usually not an issue, however, if you have concerns contact us, or visit us at our shop at 356 Brighton Rd, Hove.

Facts and FAQs


  • Maintenance: Kenda Kikuyu is low maintenance compared to other Kikuyu grasses but does need regular mowing in hot months.
  • Water efficiency: Kenda grass has a deep root system which means it is an efficient water user during hot months – especially in drought conditions.
  • Drought tolerance: Kenda Kikuyu’s strong deep roots mean it has a high drought tolerance.
  • Wear tolerance: Kenda Kikuyu’s strong root system which grows vigorously results in a very wear and tear tolerant lawn.
  • Colour: Kenda grass has a slightly greener colour than regular Kikuyu and stays greener during winter.
  • Establishment: Fast to establish – usually about two to three weeks.
  • Shade tolerance: Kenda grass has low to moderate shade tolerance.


How fast does Kenda grass grow? Kenda Kikuyu grows more horizontally than vertically, meaning it will be a smaller height than other Kikuyu lawns when unmown. During summer months it grows faster if left unmown.

Is Kenda Kikuyu a couch grass? Kenda is not a couch grass but a Kikuyu variety.

Will Kikuyu grass grow in the shade? Kenda Kikuyu will grow in low to moderate shade sites but, ideally likes full sun conditions.

Best time to plant Kikuyu grass? The best time to plant Kenda Kikuyu is anytime – but springtime is recommended for effective establishment.

Can Kikuyu turf be laid in winter? Kenda Kikuyu can be laid during the winter but due to cooler months may be slower to establish.

How long does Kikuyu grass take to grow? Kenda Kikuyu grass takes about 3-4 weeks to establish.

How often should you water Kikuyu grass? Water your Kenda grass when wilting can be seen in the leaves – usual every 7-10 days in the summer and much less in cooler months.

What does Kikuyu grass look like? Kenda Kikuyu has a bright green colour with a fine to medium leaf blade that is very soft to touch.

What is the best length to cut Kikuyu grass? The mowing height for Kenda Kikuyu will vary from 20mm-50mm in sunny/lightly shaded areas and 50mm-70mm in heavier shaded sites.

What type of grass is Kikuyu? Kikuyu is a perennial favourite for lawns throughout Australia and renowned for its strong green lush growth, drought hardiness and wear tolerance.

Dimensions and Delivery Information

Standard size rolls: 1m2 (400mm x 2.5m).

Kenda Kikuyu is also available in maxi rolls. Maxi rolls are great for open areas with easy access such as parks, schools and golf courses. These rolls are 1.05m wide and can be cut to lengths of up to 25m.

Delivery Information:

  • Delivery Days:  Tuesday through to Saturday.
  • Order Deadline: Order before 10am for next day delivery. 
  • FREE DELIVERY for orders over 30m2 (in the Adelaide Metro Area)
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