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Facts About Zoysia Grass

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Zoysia grass seed or grass plugs grow a beautiful lawn or turf with a fine to medium textured leaf and the thick cushiony feel of lush carpet. But don't let this tough grass fool you, it actually requires less mowing, watering and little if any chemicals to survive making Zoysia grass a very eco-friendly grass. All of this whilst running weeds and other grasses out of your lawn area. You see Zoysia grass grows differently than most other grass types. Rather than growing tall with seed heads, Zoysia grass spreads to form a dense sod by growing stolons or 'runners' thus expanding in multiple sideways directions rather than up!

Zoysia grass can be established from Zoysia Grass Seed or Zoysia Grass Plugs, both available at Seedland.com. We have developed this site to help you chooses the best Zoysia grass type for your grass project, lawn, sports fields, golf courses and more.

Zoysia Grass is a resilient and persistent grass that can be successfully grown in a variety of climates and conditions. Zoysia is a warm season grass that will survive in climates from the upper warm tropical season areas, north to areas of the cool season zones, depending on the variety. For instance, Zenith Zoysia grass is known to survive as far north as Chicago. Please see our Zoysia grass adaptation map.

Zoysia Grass Benefits

  • Low water Consumption - The root system of Zoysia grass is deep as well as extensive thus requiring little if any irrigation.
  • No need for chemicals - Zoysia is naturally resistant to pests and disease, thus no need to expose your family, pets or the environment to chemicals. Plus an established Zoysia grass lawn is so thick with deep roots weeds are choked out -thus no need for harmful weed killers. In the event that your Zoysia lawn or turf becomes stressed and pests do invade you will find Zoysia grass to be resilient to injury that may accompany most chemicals.
  • Reduced mowing - Due to the lateral growth of Zoysia there is slower upwards growth. Most people find that Zoysia requires up to 2/3 less mowing than other grass types.
  • Heat and Cold tolerant - Zoysia grass thrives in heat and does not winter kill. Note: Zoysia grass will go dormant turning a golden brown when the first winter killing frost arrives. Zoysia is one of the first grass types to come out of dormancy and 'green up' in the Spring when soil temperatures reach around 50°.
  • Traffic and Wear tolerant - Once established Zoysia grass has an almost uncanny ability to repair itself as it grows in all directions laterally. Also, due to it's high density sodding, Zoysia is a good choice for Southern athletic fields and golf courses as well as high traffic lawns in the areas of Zoysia adaptation. Removal of cuttings after mowing will reduce thatch problems that may arise.
  • Salt tolerant - Zoysia grass is salt tolerant making it a good choice for coastal areas.
  • Animal waste tolerant - Zoysia is more tolerant of animal urine and feces than other grass types - but keep in mind there is no grass that will survive constant exposure to pet waste. If this is an issue try to keep the soil pH around between 6 - 7 by liming the soil.
  • Shade tolerant - Zoysia grass is somewhat shade tolerant in the Southern areas of adaptation as long as the soil pH is between 6 -7 and it receives 2 to 4 hours of direct sunlight a day.
  • Erosion control - Once established, Zoysia grass is great for slopes and other high eroding areas.

Zoysia Grass Seed & Grass Plugs Available From Seedland

Zoysia is a warm season grass that can be grown further north than many of the other warm season grasses. It makes one of the most beautiful lawns with a carpeted appearance when fully established. - Below: Zoysia grass from seed --  Zenith Zoysia Grass

Zenith Zoysia Grass
Zenith Zoysia Grass

Empire Zoysia Grass Plugs From Seedland

Empire Zoysia Grass Plug

Seedland also sells high quality Zoysia Grass Plugs that are 3" X 3" in diameter and are individual grass plugs with developed root systems. Zoysia Lawn Grass Plugs from Seedland are a popular option to replacing a cool season grass with a quality Zoysia grass lawn. Eventually the Zoysia Grass plugs will spread, take over the cool season grass and will establish a full Zoysia lawn.

It may not be a successful endeavor to try this method with warm season grass as Zoysia is a warm season grass and the two would just compete for resources having the same period of growth. This situation would possibly not make for a full Zoysia lawn and may in fact result in a lawn that has mixed species for years before the Zoysia may overtake existing warm season grass.

Zoysia Grass Seed & Plug Varieties From Seedland

Zoysia Grass Adaptation Map

Map of Zoysia Grass Adaptation Zones
  Best - Green 6 months or more
  Okay - Green 6 months or LESS
  Zoysia NOT Recommended

As you can see in the adaptation map above, Zoysia Grass Types Are:

  • BEST ADAPTED FOR LOCATIONS SOUTH OF MICHIGAN IN YELLOW & GREEN AREAS ON MAP ABOVE.
  • NOT RECOMMENDED IN COLDER NORTHERN AREAS -- STATES SHOWN AT TOP OF MAP - Light brown areas

Read more about adaptation area for Zoysia Grass for Zoysia grass.

Note: Zoysia will go brown (dormant) with frost or freeze and will remain that way until above 70 ?+ air temps return in spring which can be as late as May in the more Northern areas. That makes it brown (dormant) about 6 months in these Northern areas of adaptation.

Establishment of Zoysia Grass Lawns

When planting Zoysia Grass seed or grass plugs a weed and grass free seed bed should be established in the beginning. Later, after Zoysia has established, the aggressive dense growth will crowd out weeds and other grasses. Zoysia grass varieties have different textures ranging from coarse to fine. Newer varieties can now be planted from seed, which in the past were only propagated through sod, sprigs and plugs.

Here is a Picture of a Zoysia seedling at 18 days old to help you identify your new Zoysia grass.

Note: Planting Zoysia Grass from seed is only recommended for new lawns - If planting into existing lawns you should use grass plugs. We recommend Empire Zoysia Grass Plugs - Other grass plug varieties are also available.

SEED USE NOTICE: Please note that we ONLY recommend Zoysia seeds for use in bare soil areas. Planting seeds into existing grass has a HIGH FAILURE rate. If planting into an existing lawn (grass and/or weeds) we recommend that you consider using Zoysia Grass Plugs instead of seeds. Germination of grass seed is difficult to achieve in low light / shady areas. Use Zoysia Grass Plugs in these areas also for best results.

Establishment time for Zoysia Grass plugs vs. planting Zoysia Grass seed - Lawns planted with sprigs or plugs may take up to two years to fully develop into the thick density that a Zoysia lawn is capable of producing. Zoysia grass seeded lawns will be quicker to establish than sprigs or plugs and under ideal conditions can be established in five months.

Spreading by stolons and rhizomes, the growth pattern of the leaves makes Zoysia Grass suited for higher traffic locations. Zoysia grass withstands heavy usage after full establishment. High density sodding makes Zoysia well suited for use on baseball fields, golf course fairways, and lawns during summer growth months or in tropical climate areas. The slow vertical growth of Zoysia grass makes for a lower maintenance lawn, athletic field, or gold course fairway.

Zoysia grass can form thatch but doesn't attract as much disease and insect damage as some of the other warm season grasses. Removal of cuttings with each mowing should reduce thatch problems. Zoysia has good drought resistance once established and the salt tolerance to grow exceedingly well along warmer coastal communities.

When to plant Zoysia Grass seeds and When to plant Zoysia Grass plugs

Pictures Of Zoysia Grass Available From Seedland as Seed or Grass Plugs


Zenith Zoysia Grass


Empire Zoysia Grass

Zoysia Grass Plug Variety - Empire

 

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Close up picture Of Zenith Zoysia Grass

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