How do I rid my lawn of Kikuyu?

Q.

Hi Tui, how do I rid my lawn of kikuyu? It grows long tendrils into my garden beds.

Felicity

A.

Hi Felicity

Kikuyu is very hard to control, especially if you don’t want to kill your lawn and only want to control the kikuyu. You can either hand weed by pulling the rhizomes out of your garden, but because there is a lot of root under the ground it is hard to get the whole rhizome and they are likely to reshoot.

Spot spraying with a glyphosate based or systemic weedkiller is the most effective way to eradicate kikuyu. Now is a good time to do this as the grass is actively growing again after summer drought.

Thanks, Tui Team. 

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