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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.

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Zenith Zoysia Grass

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).

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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.

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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.


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Zenith Zoysia From Seed - Planted in April - Picture in October

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.

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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.

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.  - 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 plant
  • 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 partially by Pennington Seed, Inc.

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