Gathering information from the literature, personal experience, and discussions with turfgrass managers, consultants and University personnel we are providing a guide or outline for kikuyugrass management. Like any guide, the suggestions are subject to change based on climatic and management conditions.
|Mowing height (mm)||13.0 range 9.5 - 19.0||13.0 ramge 9.5 - 19||15.4 range 11.4 - 19.0||15.4 range 11.4 - 19.0|
|Vertical Mowing||Depth: 3.1 - 6.2 mm into soil; Most frequently done||Depth: soil surface to 3.1 mm depth. Less frequent||Depth: soil surface to 3.1 mm; Not very frequent||None|
|Coring||Yes, most important time||-||Yes, an important time||-|
Irrigation: Kikuyugrass likes moist soils but does not tolerate wet conditions (poorly drained sites for example). Don’t overwater. Some golf courses are experimenting with watering at 65 to 75 percent of ET (evapotranspiration). Effluent water is usually seen as a detriment to kikuyugrass management because nutrients contained in the water generally stimulate excessive growth.
Plant Growth Regulators: If available the most popular growth regulator used is trinexapac-ethyl (Primo MAXX), usually on a 14 day schedule. Rate increases on effluent water sites.
Topdressing: Some golf courses and athletic fields are sand topdressing to improve firmness and playing qualities. However, due to cost and some reports of turf decline not widely used at the moment.