I tend to use Kikuyu as well. I used to be one for hating all grasses with fast growing runners as they invade beds... but then I'd see the results of the two and came to the conclusion that if I took the energy invested in maintaining a nice even spread of grass and swapped to fast growing runner but used the energy on keeping it out of the beds... well... the grass now looks awesome. It is interesting how different areas of suburbia tackle landscaping. I look at you guys with all your neatly pruned hedges and edges and sculptured beds and they all look amazing. I think to myself I should do something similar with mine. But then I look at our garden and all the other gardens up here in the Dandenong Ranges and out overflowing beds of natives and indigenous plants, overgrown hidden areas of yards where when you sneak through to you'll find a couple of sunbeds and an outdoor setting.... you just end up thinking, nah... this is awesome too. Perhaps I need to throw up some photos. So the vast contrast can be seen... Edit: to give you an idea, a friend of ours down the road had a 25 metre gum tree come down in his property last summer, destroyed a lot of his existing garden. The end result was a large amount of it was cut up and stored away for firewood but between us both we attacked a 4M long section with chains saws, axes and an old cross cut saw to turn it into a massive garden bench shaped like a goanna! I couldn't do the design but I did the vast majority of the carving with the chainsaws with his "artistic" eye. Personally I think it looks more like a anorexic elephant than a goanna... but he loves it.