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Kikuyu In The Buffalo
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G'day everyone
I have a few lawns, at least 3 with different degrees of kikuyu getting a foothold in the buffalo.
Google tells me I can
dig it out- maybe on 1 lawn
Inject the grass with a needle full of round up(?)
Or let the kikuyu get longer than the buff and "paint" it with round up

Anyone had success or failure with these methods or got any other ideas?
I think option 3 is the most realistic if the weather will cooperate.
Posted 28 March 2017 - 06:41 PM

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I carefully tease out a main kikuyu runner (making sure i don't break it off) and slide a piece of plastic bag under it, then paint it, you only need to get a few of them in each patch.

Paint a wipe of glypho on each runner making sure I don't drop any glypho on the buffalo, get the client to remove the little plastic sheets after a day or two. Waxed paper lunch wrap is better but harder to find.

 

You may have to do it a few times to get bits that live on but you will win the battle after a few treatments.


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Thanks for the details, good work Grae.


Posted 29 March 2017 - 07:04 AM

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Thanks Blair,

I just use blue dyed glypho mixed at the higher end of the recommended mix rate for kikuyu etc, not full strength glyphosate, in a Yates weed brush tube

http://www.yates.com...8zT09VQ6cHCH.97

(I usually just partially fill the stick from the wand of the backpack sprayer).

Prep all the runners first with the paper/plastic under them, then do the herbicide application run with the brush stick. Wipe the glypho onto the runners and leaf blades, no need to drown them, a little is enough, and don't get lazy and use a sprayer or spray drift, drops and splashes will hit the buffalo.


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Used similar method getting rid of grass/weed in garden violets or strawberries. 

Just used a trigger sprayer in one hand and a pvc gloved hand the other used to isolate the target weed. Just spray sparingly so the glypho isn't "drippy", and use 3:10 ratio glypho:water.


Posted 30 March 2017 - 05:26 PM

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If someone says "Can't" , take the "T" off the end and brew in boiling water.
Sip on your 'T, relax, and take a look at what you've got left to work with.


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nice info. thanks people!


Posted 30 March 2017 - 05:59 PM

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Hi

Is there a spray to kill Kikuyu in couch and not kill the couch?

 

Cheers

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Posted 10 May 2017 - 11:35 AM

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I looked into this a few years ago and there was nothing then, I've not heard of anything since.


Posted 10 May 2017 - 12:52 PM

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Monument will suppress the kikuyu.  Make sure it is couch and not queensland blue couch , which isn't really a couch.


Posted 10 May 2017 - 07:41 PM

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Wow. Just learnt something else. I didn't know that queensland blue couch was not a real couch. I live in Queensland so everyone has Qld blue couch or Kikuyu.

Cheers

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Posted 12 May 2017 - 09:27 PM

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Just let the Kikuyu take over and you will have something better to look at than Buffalo!!! #biased


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Just let the Kikuyu take over and you will have something better to look at than Buffalo!!! #biased


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Probably a troll post but, I have to agree…I love Kik too!

 

Buffalo in the wet tropics is lush and beautiful

down south it always looks sad.

 

I'm based in Victoria now and if it wasn't for kikuyu, I'd be trying to make paspalum and other weeds look like lawn…


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It’s been a while since this started, one lawn has just about turned to kyk, one nearly has and can’t remember the other.
Tried the patch and dab technique for no significant results.

I think buffalo needs to be separated into 2 camps, the hard old slow grey buff and then the modern heavy thick fast sir Walter and similar which is most of what I mow
Posted 04 January 2018 - 08:02 PM

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I think buffalo needs to be separated into 2 camps, the hard old slow grey buff and then the modern heavy thick fast sir Walter and similar which is most of what I mow

When I was a kid in the 60s and 70s where I grew up on Sydneys Northern Beaches most people had a tough old Buffalo lawn. Dad told me how our neighbour planted Kik on his  nature strip and front yard and apologised to dad in advance for it invading our lawn. It ended up going the other way with the Buff creeping into his place. It could of had something to do with us kids smashing his nice soft lawn to play footy on.

I've got a solid Buff front lawn now with a Buff / Kik mix lawn that the Kik will eventually win. My wife gets out after I mow and pulls Kik runners and makes it look like we've got feral pigs.

 

I started landscaping in early 80s when Kik was about $2 a roll and Buff $4, it was a rarity to lay a Buff lawn. Loved it though nice neat rolls that cut in well and could fit 16 to a barrow.


Posted 05 January 2018 - 06:50 AM

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Probably a troll post but, I have to agree…I love Kik too!
 


Haha not a troll.

I believe kikuyu gets bad wraps from Qld, and is more than manageable in places like Melbourne.

Plus it can be beautifully luscious and pretty, a drought resistant summer tall fescue.

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Haha not a troll.

…a drought resistant summer tall fescue…

my last word on the subject

 

LOL, not much of a Guru, if you get simple things wrong


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LOL, not much of a Guru, if you get simple things wrong


Let a closely mown kikuyu grow out 6-8 cm after a dose of iron, those thin blades of glory #delocious

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