Kikuyu dormancyThursday, 22 Jul 2021
Kikuyu, being a tropical grass specie, has the tendency to be extremely susceptible to frost, however, the grass does not die, but goes into dormancy. Frost causes the kikuyu grass blades to turn from its luscious green colour to a golden yellow colour at the tips. After repeated frost occasions the entire grass blade eventually also turns golden yellow. As we cultivate our kikuyu in wide open fields, in a high frost area, the grass will go dormant with much less root activity. In areas that are not as exposed such as city suburbs, the frost effect is automatically less severe resulting in the lawn keeping a fair amount of its green colour. It is very important to note that, the grass is not dead, but in a state of dormancy.