Kenda Kikuyu

RRP: $13.30 - $14.35 / m2 Bred to have a higher level of vigour than other varieties of kikuyu. 5

RRP: $13.30 - $14.35 per m2 (Including GST and all applicable charges)

FREE DELIVERY in the metro area for orders of 30m2 or more. 

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Kenda Kikuyu is by far our most durable lawn. It 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. What sets Kenda apart from other varieties of kikuyu is its incredible durability. It's faster to repair, is more durable and has the best year-round colour. 

kids are playing on kenda kikuyu grass


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 is bred to be sterile and produce minimal seed heads, making it great for allergy sufferers. Kenda is a miser on water making it an ideal choice for areas with low rainfall or council water restrictions. 


Drought Tolerance Excellent
Durability Excellent. Extremely hardwearing. Extremely fast repairing
Colour Excellent year-round colour
Salt Tolerance Good. Will tolerate up to 3500ppm.
Mowing Height 25-50mm 
Maintenance High
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 copes well under drought conditions. With water restrictions and hot weather becoming an issue across much of Australia, Kenda is an ideal choice. After dry weather, Kenda quickly re-establishes once water is available, making it perfect for homeowners in areas where water availability is a concern. 

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

Soft Underfoot

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

Less Spreading and Less Allergenic Symptoms

Common Kikuyu turf 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. 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 fully 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.

Mowing Kenda kikuyuMowing

Kenda grows more horizontally than vertically, meaning it won't thatch as much as other Kikuyu varieties when unmown. Kenda is also more uniform and has a denser appearance than common Kikuyu. Like other grass types in Australia, to maintain a good-looking lawn, regular mowing is required. We recommend every 7-10 days in the hot months and 8 weeks during the cooler months. Mowing height for Kenda Kikuyu will vary from 25mm-50mm in height, depending on your preference. 


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


  • Maintenance: Kenda 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 vigorous root system results in a highly durable 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 during the warmer months.
  • Shade tolerance: Kenda grass has low to moderate shade tolerance.

Kenda Kikuyu Grass


Dimensions and Delivery Information

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

Kenda  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. *Space is limited. To avoid disappointment, at least 2 days notice is recommended.
  • FREE DELIVERY for orders over 30m2 (in the Adelaide Metro Area)
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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 the 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 moderately shaded 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 fast establishment.

Can Kikuyu turf be laid in winter?

Kenda Kikuyu can be laid any time of the year.

How long does Kikuyu grass take to establish?

About 3-4 weeks during the warmer months

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, depending on your preference

What type of grass is Kikuyu?

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


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