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Zenith Zoysia Seed
Zenith Zoysia fulfills a
forty-year old dream! When the Department of U.S. Agriculture Research Station at
Beltsville, Maryland in 1951 released Meyer (Z-52) Zoysia.
Researchers were then looking
for a good turf quality Zoysia that would also be a good seed producer.
Zenith Zoysia Seed Advantages
Zenith is a new Zoysia which looks much
like Meyer (Z-52) Zoysia---a blade width (3-6 cm.) similar to Centipede,
many Bluegrasses and some ryegrasses, but not as wide as most
Fescues. It is not as fine bladed as Emerald Zoysia.
No Emerald Zoysia seed are available and seed harvested from Meyer
do not reproduce a true Meyer. Our test plots clearly
demonstrate that Zenith produces a higher quality turf than
imported Meyer Zoysia seed.
Zoysia Grass Seed
Zoysia pictured at Right >>>>>>>
Zoysia has been advertised as
a trouble-free, drought tolerant, slow growing grass, which chokes
out all other grasses and seldom need mowing. As usual,
don't believe everything you read or hear.
Zoysia does grow slowly, and
can produce solid coverage within two months on a lawn
sprigged or plugged with Meyer or Emerald. Seeded per
instructions on a new seedbed and well managed, a spring planting
of Zenith can produce a good lawn by early fall. The
picture below is a prime example. You must do all the proper
maintenance (water as required, fertilize & mow).
Zenith Zoysia Characteristics
Is Zoysia slow to grow? yes. but, once a turf is matured,
you will have a long lasting lawn. Zoysia should be mowed regularly for good appearance. How
often? At low fertility, every seven to 14 days.
Overly fertilized, once to twice a week. Zoysia has been
proven to require as much as 10 fewer mowings in a growing season
that Bermuda grass. This can be a big cost savings for parks, cemeteries
and other high maintenance areas.
READ ABOUT PLANTING ZENITH ZOYSIA GRASS
Note: Same instructions apply to Compadre.
Zenith Zoysia & Other Grasses
Will Zoysia choke out Bermuda,
Bahia and other perennial hot climate grasses?
The answer is.... No!
Zenith has more
tolerance for extreme cold and light shade than Bermuda, and
much more tolerance for extreme heat and high humidity than
ryegrasses, Fescues and Bluegrasses. It will compete
well with crabgrass and other annual weed grasses in
mid-America, and usually chokes out cool season grasses in
hot, humid climates.
But it will not usually
replace these other warm season grasses. Over time the dense
turf does help to choke out weeds.
Our best advice regarding old lawns? Spray
with Roundup, prepare a new seedbed and start all over.
Beware of Bermuda---it will come back and spread much faster than
any Zoysia. Conversion from cool season grasses (rye,
Fescue, Bluegrass and weeds) is well worth the effort.
VIEW PICTURES OF ZENITH
Caution: These pictures are large file sizes.
Note: Picture to the right here is Zenith Zoysia Seed Planted in April,
this picture was taken the following October>
Zenith Zoysia - Where Did It Come From?
Finding the right Zoysia was one factor of the equation. How to
harvest the seed was another and a still greater challenge was how to overcome
Nature’s endowing Zoysia seeds with a material that makes them extremely slow to
sprout. Zenith was one of the first true seeded hybrid Zoysia grasses, a result
as a result of years of efforts.
Zenith is a "synthetic" seed
produced from three-selected parent clones whose performance was observed at the
Beltsville Research Station for many years. The concept is that through
cross-pollination the progeny has the vigor of a hybrid and that each parent
plant contributes other desirable traits such as better color, disease, drought
and insect resistance, etc. Zenith seed have excellent germination results.
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. - Zoysia seeds also are difficult to achieve
germination in low light / shady areas. Use plugs in
these areas for best results.
Zenith is a new Zoysia grass variety
which looks much like Meyer (Z-52) Zoysia and has a blade similar in width to Centipede,
many Bluegrasses and some rye grasses, but not as wide as Fescues.
Seed harvested from Meyer do not reproduce a true Meyer. Test
plots have shown that Zenith produces a higher quality turf than imported Zoysia seed.
Emerald seed is not available at this time. Our Zenith Zoysia comes in 1
and 5 lb. containers.
Seeded Zoysia Lawns Establish Faster Than Plugged Or Sprigged Lawns
Zoysia is a slow grower when
plugged or sprigged with Meyer or Emerald it WILL take about two years to achieve a fully
covered and established lawn. Seeding with Zoysia seeds, following the instructions
given for a new seedbed and by correct management Zenith can provide coverage much sooner.
(Even as quick as 6 months)
You can establish a lawn planted with Zenith seeds
by FALL if you follow the follow directions:
- Plant in Late Spring /
Summer - Follow seed rate recommendations (1-2 lbs. per 1000 sq ft.).
More on when to plant Zoysia seed.
- Plant on a weed free, grass free, prepared soil area. Do
not plant with ryegrass or in FALL. Keeping the area shade free is
important, so mow regular as weeds appear during establishment.
- Well prepared seedbed required. - If you can't irrigate, don't
- WATER DAILY (or even twice a day - morning & afternoon) FOR
first 15-25 days until seedlings have sprouted. - Then every
other day. Skip watering when it rains After first
8-10 weeks you can water as needed.
- Follow proper maintenance for your new lawn (Water, Mow, Fertilize, etc.)
Zoysia like all good lawn grasses have to be mown according to
the feeding schedule for a good appearance and when Zoysia is fertilized more than usual
it will have to be mown from once to twice a week. Zoysia that is on a low fertility
schedule requires mowing about every seven to fourteen days.
VIEW of a HOME LAWN installed with Zenith Zoysia Seed
Above Zenith Information provided
a beautiful tomorrow!®