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How to kill Kikuyu grass?

Jeremy Winer

Kikuyu Grass: Eradicate It Naturally with Steam Weeding

Kikuyu grass (Pennisetum clandestinum) is a fast-growing, aggressive turfgrass known for its stubborn persistence. Traditional control methods often rely on herbicides, which can harm human health and the environment.

Thankfully, there’s a safer and more effective alternative: Satusteam™ steam weeding technology.

What is Kikuyu Grass?

This warm-season perennial, native to East Africa, spreads readily through underground rhizomes and above-ground stolons. This rapid growth makes it difficult to control in lawns, gardens, and landscaped areas.

 

How Does Satusteam™ Kill Kikuyu Grass?

 

Using Satusteam™ is a simple and effective process. The machine delivers a targeted blast of high-temperature steam directly to the weeds. This steam penetrates the soil, killing the grass down to the roots.There has been some misconception that ‘steam’ is damaging to soil organisms.

That is not the case for Satusteam™. Imagine a weed control that gives you the satisfaction of destroying weeds and improving your soil life in one process! Here’s what happens.

Every Satusteam™ treatment turns your pesky weeds into a layer of freshly cooked vegetative matter. This layer of cooked vegetation is initially a thin layer of mulch and with a little time adds to your soil’s humus layer. Studies have shown there is an increase in microbial activity after treatment, breaking down the dessicated weed material into soil organic matter.

 

Satusteam™ weed control targets surface vegetation and penetrates up to just 5mm into the soil. This precise approach ensures that beneficial soil microbes, fungi, and bacteria, essential for soil health, remain unharmed.

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Moreover, the effectiveness of Satusteam™ in eliminating persistent weeds like Kikuyu grass lies in its ability to penetrate the soil and reach the roots. Satusteam™ delivers a precise blast of steam directly to the target weeds, ensuring effective control without damaging surrounding vegetation.

 

During the treatment process, the high-temperature steam not only kills the above-ground portion of the Kikuyu grass but also penetrates the soil, effectively killing the roots. This ensures long-lasting results with fewer treatments required, ultimately leading to the permanent eradication of Kikuyu grass from your lawn or garden.

 

Furthermore, independent studies, such as the one conducted by students of Permaculture, have demonstrated that Satusteam™ increases microbial activity in the soil after treatment. This increase in microbial activity promotes soil health by enhancing nutrient cycling and soil organic matter decomposition, further contributing to the overall vitality of your landscape.

 

Here’s how to use Satusteam™ for Kikuyu control:

 

  1. Prepare the machine: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. Target the infested areas: Ensure thorough coverage.
  3. Apply steam directly to the base: Focus on the root zone for complete eradication.
  4. Repeat treatments: Typically 2-4 are needed for permanent control.

 

Why Choose Satusteam™ to kill Kikuyu grass?

 

Satusteam™ offers several advantages over traditional methods:

 

Toxin-free solution: Satusteam™ uses only high-temperature steam to kill weeds, eliminating the need for harmful chemical herbicides and reducing environmental impact. This approach ensures that there are no toxic residues left behind, making it safe for humans, pets, and the surrounding ecosystem. Click here to read more about the safety of this method of weed control.

Precision targeting: Satusteam™ delivers a precise blast of steam directly to the target weeds, ensuring effective control without damaging surrounding vegetation. By targeting weeds with precision, Satusteam™ minimizes collateral damage to desirable plants, reducing the risk of unintended harm to your landscape.

 

Permanent eradication: Satusteam™ penetrates the soil to kill Kikuyu grass down to the roots, providing long-lasting results with fewer treatments required. Unlike some herbicides that only suppress weed growth temporarily, Satusteam™ offers permanent eradication, preventing regrowth and minimizing the need for repeated treatments.

 

Soil health promotion: Unlike chemical herbicides, which can harm soil biology and degrade soil health over time, Satusteam™ promotes soil health by preserving beneficial microorganisms and maintaining soil structure. This helps to create a healthier growing environment for your plants, leading to improved overall landscape vitality.

 

Immediate re-entry: After Satusteam™ treatment, the treated area can be used immediately, with no waiting period required. This means you can resume normal activities in your lawn, garden, or landscaped area right away, without any disruption to your daily routine.

 

Versatility: Satusteam™ is suitable for use in various settings, including residential yards, parks, school grounds, public spaces, and commercial landscapes. Its versatility makes it an ideal choice for weed control in diverse environments, providing effective results wherever weeds are a concern.

 

Cost-effectiveness: While initial investment in Satusteam™ equipment and services may be higher than purchasing chemical herbicides, the long-term cost savings can be significant. With permanent weed eradication and reduced treatment frequency, Satusteam™ offers a cost-effective solution for sustainable weed management in the long run. Check out how satusteamTM can control and eradicate the weed seed bank here.

 

Benefits of a Toxin-Free Solution:

 

Satusteam™ offers a safe, eco-friendly alternative to chemical herbicides. By harnessing the power of high-temperature steam, it effectively eradicates Kikuyu grass without leaving behind harmful residues or endangering human health and the environment.

 

Where to Find a Satusteam™ Contractor to kill Kikuyu grass:

 

Visit the official Weedtenics  website’ Contractors page  or contact Weedtechnics directly to find a certified contractor near you. Their network of professionals is equipped to deliver superior results using Satusteam™ technology.

 

Satusteam™ provides a safe and effective way to control Kikuyu grass.  Say goodbye to chemical herbicides and hello to a toxin-free solution. Contact a Satusteam™ contractor today and reclaim your lawn or garden from Kikuyu’s grip.

 

Where is Satusteam™ steam weeding suitable?

 

Satusteam™ is a preferred choice for Kikuyu control in various settings, including:

 

  1. Schools & Universities
  2. Municipalities & Councils 
  3. Sensitive Areas (playgrounds, childcare centers, Botanical gardens, museums)
  4. Landscape Contractors
  5. Organic Farms, hobby farms, Nurseries
  6. Animal farms, Dog parks, Equine properties

 

Satusteam™ is utilized across various regions to effectively manage Kikuyu grass infestations while prioritizing safety, sustainability, and environmental stewardship. Read more about the hidden costs associated to toxic weed control using herbicides here.

How to stop Kikuyu invading garden beds?

SatusteamTM steam weeding provides an effective way to prevent Kikuyu grass from invading garden beds. By treating the perimeter of garden beds with high-temperature steam, you can create a barrier that inhibits the growth and spread of Kikuyu grass while preserving the integrity of the beds.

Is there a selective herbicide for Kikuyu?

While traditional herbicides may pose risks to the environment and non-target plants, SatusteamTM steam weeding offers a safe and selective solution for controlling Kikuyu grass without harming other vegetation. Its targeted application ensures precise weed control without any chemical residues.

How deep do Kikuyu roots go?

Kikuyu grass roots can penetrate the soil to varying depths, but SatusteamTM steam weeding is effective at targeting and destroying both surface-level and deep-rooted Kikuyu grass, ensuring thorough eradication.

What is the best killer for Kikuyu grass?

SatusteamTM steam weeding is considered one of the best solutions for killing Kikuyu grass. Its high-temperature steam effectively penetrates the grass, causing it to wither and die without leaving any harmful residues in the soil.

How do I stop Kikuyu from spreading?

SatusteamTM steam weeding not only kills existing Kikuyu grass but also prevents its spread by effectively targeting the roots and rhizomes. By treating affected areas with SatusteamTM, you can stop Kikuyu grass from invading new areas and spreading further.

About the Author : Jeremy Winer

Jeremy Winer has 30 years of practical experience in implementing integrated holistic approach to organic weed management across urban landscapes, recreational parklands and wetlands. He currently runs Weedtechnics specialising in providing chemical reduction and non-toxic weed control programs to municipalities across Australia. He has developed, patented, manufactured, and commercialised the Steamwand method of creating saturated steam for vegetation control.