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How Paspalum grass looks

Paspalum grass in Kenya has broad and coarse leaves. It has thick rhizomes from which leaves grow. The leaves are dark green in colour and when well established, this grass forms a beautiful lawn.

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Paspalum lawn grass on a backyard

Growth habit

Paspalum grass grows by bunching. The rhizomes grow laterally producing roots and leaves. Paspalum grass does not produce stolons above the ground


This grass has a variety of uses. These include recreational lawns, sports pitches and soil erosion. When and for what to use this type of grass depends on the ability of the user to manage water requirements, wear management and other management practices.

Shade tolerance

This type of lawn grass has poor shade tolerance and grows best in full sun. As such, this grass should be planted in areas where there is enough sunlight for most of the day.

Ability to out-compete weeds

Paspalum grass competes poorly with broad leaf and other grass weeds. Weed control is therefore important for this grass. When well controlled, paspalum grass froms and excellent lawn.

Drought and heat tolerance

Paspalum performs well in dry conditions. Its ability to recover is very good because of the underground rhizomes that store food.  It is therefore suitable for dry and hot areas. In dry conditions paspalum grass  can develop purple tips and has a general purple colouration. This purple colouration can be treated by appropriate fertilization. Yellowing on paspalum  is also common in the cold season. Similarly, the yellowing can be treated by appropriate fertilization.

Mowing frequency

Mow your paspalum lawn leaving at least a third of its height. This will improve the look as well and help in controlling weeds.

Areas to grow

Paspalum grass should be grown in full sun. Ensure that you have enough water and that you can control weeds when planting this type of grass.

Cold tolerance

This grass type has very poor cold tolerance. It will hardly grow in cold areas which often are high altitude areas. The grass will grow very slowly in these areas or remain dormant.

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