AZ1 Kikuyugrass?

AZ1 Kikuyugrass?

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Geoff – posted 14 February 2001 20:35

I was wondering if anyone has had experience with the new type of kikuyu grass that has been developed, AZ-1. Ive been having trouble finidng information on it, but have found some at http://www.stoverseed.com/az1.htmland http://www.arizonakikuyu.com

if anyone has actually had experience i would be interested to hear it

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seed – posted 16 February 2001 15:49

Geoff, kikuyugrass is a very serious weed in Australia, Hawaii, California, and other places that it has been introduced. Kikuyu grass, Pennisetum clandestinum, is listed on the Federal Noxious Weed List http://www.aphis.usda.gov/ppq/bats/fnwsbycat-e.html Kikuyugrass is a problem not only as a weed in turfgrass, but it has invaded natural areas. Those who sell AZ-1 seeded kikuyugrass have said, “With the benefits enhanced and the flaws removed, the USDA has approved Arizona Kikuyu to commence[sic] seed production.”

Has the USDA “approved” Arizona Kikuyu? I don’t think so, not if it’s on the noxious weed list.


jbarber – posted 01 May 2001 16:30

Phil is right, Geoff, but I have seen Stover’s AZ-1 Kikuyu variety and it is an interesting proposition. Sort of “if you can’t beat’em, join ’em!”The leaf blades looks similar to noxious weed zoysia, but have a more even texture and width. Nice light green color, too.The psople at Stover Seed are very knowledgeable, contact them for more information!@

billinaz – posted 07 November 2004 08:49

The USDA has proposed the removal of this grass frmo the weed list.

I have it in my yard and have had no problems with it.

I had it hydroseeded and it grew quickly, and got very thick in a short time.

I’d use it again!

Aaron – posted 08 September 2005 23:08

Here in Israel Kikuyu grass is used quite effectivly as a lawn grass

dfcarter24 – posted 21 June 2007 10:32

We are growers of AZ-1 turfgrass. It is used in Southern California with much success on athletic fields, golf courses, parks, muni projects (medians, etc.) and others. Kikuyugrass is the turf of choice at Riviera Country Club (home of the Nissan Open). It is drought tolerant, pest and disease resistant, salt tolerant (irrigate with effluent) and stays green longer than bermuda. The leaf blades are thinner than common, and the internodes are closer together. It exhibits an upright growth. For golf, it stands the ball up nicely, and divots heal quicly. For athletics, it is very wear resistant and comes back nicely from heavy use. In muni projects, it’s a great turf where effluent is used/required. Due to it’s salt tolerant nature, it resists pet urine and is used regularly in dog parks. Feel free to contact me for any info desired. dougcarter@valleycoastal.com

Emeraldsod – posted 02 February 2011 20:13

Hello, Im a sod AZ-1 Sod grower, I grow AZ-1 and Whittet, Great for Dog urine stains and preventing Dead spots. for more info check – out www.emeraldkikuyu.com

Emeraldsod – posted 24 March 2011 21:46

Emerald Sod grows both AZ-1 and Whittet Kikuyu Sod. We are located in Beautiful So. California. Please contact us at are web site. www.emeraldkikuyu.com for all your kikuyu needs.

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