Kikuyu is a creeping grass that can quickly spread and become a nuisance in your garden. However, Kikuyu can be a useful grass to use as a heat and drought tolerant grass lawn in northern and coastal parts of New Zealand.

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Kikuyu is a hardy, creeping grass common in coastal areas of New Zealand. It is often considered a weed in home gardens as it is very fast spreading and can quickly invade existing lawn or garden beds.

Kikuyu can make for a very hard wearing lawn if it can be kept within a desired area.


In warmer areas, Kikuyu grass can be highly invasive and is difficult to control.

In lawns*:

*Fine turf lawns. Some lawns are of kikuyu grass or other tough creeping grasses.

In flower beds and waste areas:

  • Complete area spraying with Weed Weapon Extra Strength or Rapid Action and removal of dead tendrils is often the only way to overcome this problem and it may take several applications to gain full control.

Did You Know Did You Know

  • Kikuyu is a rapidly growing tropical African grass and some people grow entire lawns of kikuyu, but other prefer other grasses and try to prevent kikuyu invading their lawn.
  • Kikuyu grasses are of the family Poaceae.
  • Latin name: Cenchrus clandestinus.

Tips Tips

For control of kikuyu in fine turf lawns adding Kiwicare Dye & Stick to LawnPro Prickle and Hydrocotyle improves the control of broadleaf weeds and the suppression of kikuyu.

See advice on control of Coarse Grasses in Lawns.

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