grass is thought of by many as the 'Cadillac of Lawn
Grasses' because of its dark green color, density, low
growth habit, and higher price.
is a carpet-like grass that will tolerate slightly more
shade than the Bermudas, but it is much slower at spreading
than Bermuda. Zoysia has a dense root system and to
maintain the best appearance, clippings need to be picked
up while mowing. Meyers Zoysia does not perform well
over the root systems of large trees.
Due to its
extreme hardiness, Zoysia is being used more and more
on golf courses as well as fine homes. Regular watering,
mowing and fertilization make this an outstanding lawn
simply cannot be neglected for long periods of time,
but if fertilized once or twice annually, watered as
needed and cut regularly, it makes a lawn in sun and/or
moderate shade that is the envy of any neighborhood.
pay more for these grasses from your local sod dealer
or landscaper. Zoysia simply takes longer to fill back
in after having been cut at sod farms. This decreases
supply and growing demand drives the price up. Due to
maintanence requirements and price, we think that Zoysia
is best suited for smaller lawns 10,000 square feet
or under in size.
In past years
'Meyer' and 'Emerald Green' have been the most widely
known and available Zoysias used in the United States.
They must be propagated vegetatively and rooting and
growth is slow. Solid sodding is recommended, as is
an irrigation system. We prefer Meyers over Emerald
Green as Meyers is easier to mow and manage.
full sun, however will tolerate light shade fairly well.
It does not perform well above the root systems of large
trees. It is adaptable to many types of soil so long
as it isn't too compacted and their is good drainage.
Zoysia grass in the morning hours. Watering in late
evening can induce the growth of damaging fungus.
slowly and require infrequent mowing, but they are so
dense that a good sharp mower with adequate power should
be used and cutting should be on a regular schedule.
If "scalped" in mowing and subjected to other
unfavorable treatment, Zoysias are slow to recover.
If lower maintenance and less management is is your
thing, check out Centipede
in spring just after new green growth has emerged. At
this time, fertilize with a slow-release, high nitrogen
fertilizer such as 27-4-6. Follow instructions on the
package for application and spreading rates. Fertilize
again in early to mid-summer with 27-4-6 or 16-4-8.
Finally, in fall, apply a good fall feed fertilizer
containing more phosphorus and potassium such as 5-10-15.
tolerates a wide range in soil reaction, but performs
best between pH 6.5 and 8.0. At pH levels below 6.5
limestone should be added according to soil test recommendations.
To determine whether or not you need to apply lime to
the lawn, test your soil, or have it tested for pH through
your local Extension Service. The Extension Service
will provide a detailed analysis of the soil samples
and give recommendations as to whether, or how much
lime need be applied to correct soil pH.
produces such dense turf that weed invasion is resisted.
is susceptible to spittlebug infestation, which is easily
controlled with Triazicide or other insecticides.
may develop bald spots when growing near the root systems
of large trees. Funguses will occasionally attack Zoysia
however there are fungicides that can be used to prevent
or control them.