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The Seeds Of Zenith & Compadre Zoysia Grass

Zenith and Compadre ( formerly named Companion) are two of the newest "seeded" type improved Zoysia varieties on the market. They both are very similar when viewed "visually". Both varieties are slightly wider in leaf width than Meyer Zoysia. In most cases you will not be able to tell the difference between Compadre & Zenith. Both of the seeded varieties are a little more open than Meyer, but have similar color and rank in many tests as superior to Meyer which is a vegetative type. Both Compadre and Zenith are pure (raw) seeds (Some Zenith seed packages have a very light coating ) - This is a good thing providing you with more seeds in the package.

Compadre Zoysia Grass Formerly named Companion Zenith Zoysia Grass

Differences Between Zenith & Compadre Zoysia Grass

  • Color – Compadre is slightly darker than Zenith, and Zenith is a brighter, shinier green than Compadre.
  • Density – During spring and summer growing season, both Compadre and Zenith have been beating Meyer steadily in trials for superior density.
  • Spring Green-up – In the more northern planting zones, Compadre greens up slightly earlier than Zenith – in southern, warmer planting zones they green up at the same time.
  • Growth Habit – Zenith tends to be a more upright growing variety, while Compadre tends to grow more laterally.   But again, this is not a huge difference in appearance. Both growth habits come out dense so they both compete well with weeds.
  • Tall Fescue blending – This should work equally well with both varieties. Adding in Tall Fescue should ONLY be done once the Zoysia is established. This is done in Northern state locations to create a more "year-round" green lawn. Do NOT plant other grasses (Fescue included) at the same time you plant Zoysia seeds.
  • Planting Areas: Note that seeded Zoysia's are ONLY for establishing in new lawn / bare soil areas. Use plugs if you need to put Zoysia into a new lawn or a shaded areas (seeds are more difficult to get germination to occur properly in shade conditions).
  • Leaf Width – About the same, both Zenith and Compadre.
  • Planting Rates -Same for both varieties - 1 to 2 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.

Detailed Information On Both Zoysia Varieties Found At These Links:

Note that both of these varieties are IMPROVED over common Zoysia and offer better turf quality over the common Chinese types often sold as "Panda, Sunrise, or "Zen Brand" Bermuda seeds.

Bottom line... you can't go wrong with either variety! In fact some Turf Agronomist's say the best option is to plant a blend of both!  - Both Compadre & Zenith offer superior improvements in a seeded Zoysia.

Read about the comparison of Zenith Zoysia with Vegetative (sod) Zoysia.

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Zoysia Grass Winter Color & Over Seeding

At above freeze/frost colors Zoysia goes off color at temps below 55-60 degrees and becomes a slightly grayish / green color.  To return to active growth and produce green leaves it will need at least 10 days of temperatures in the 80's to return to normal growth. Most people label the winter "dormant" color as golden brown.  Overseeding with Tall Fescue is difficult to achieve because of the dense sod created but with proper planting (slit seeding) and maintenance can often work in Northern lawns Ryegrass is generally NOT recommended for overseeding as it can actually kill the small zoysia seedlings. Spray any existing ryegrass with Roundup before planting zoysia seeds (read & follow instructions on chemical containers).

Overseeding St. Augustine Grass With Zoysia Grass

It is is generally not recommended to overseed St. Augustine grass with Zoysia grass seed as the success rate is very low.
SEED USE NOTICE: Please note that we ONLY recommend Zoysia seeds for use in bare soil areas. Planting seeds into existing grasses 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.

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