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Zoysia Lawn Grass Seed Is Very Popular

Zoysia Grass has been traditionally grown from vegetative or hybrid (no seed) varieties. Now that the seeded versions of Zoysia Grass are available people are planting these quality seeded Zoysia varieties in droves. The seeded varieties of Zoysia Grass, Zenith and Compadre, are more economical and in many ways outperform the vegetative or sod varieties.

The newest of the seeded versions is the Zenith variety. Compadre and Zenith are the only two seeded varieties at this time. They are so closely identical that only a true expert could probably tell them apart.

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ALWAYS PLANT ZOYSIA SEEDS SHALLOW !

Zoysia seed only needs 1/8 to 1/4 inch soil coverage as light is required to hit the seed to cause germination! The seeds must have light to germinate properly and only shallow planting will allow this to occur..

One improvement leads to another in the world of grassing and any added benefit of one over the other will be tested on lawns across the world. Zenith recently joined this lineup of grasses that can be planted from seed. Preliminary results indicate this grass is a winner, both with homeowners and commercial applications.

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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Zoysia Grass Seeding Rates

Growing Zoysia Grass From Seed

Ideal Seeding rates are 2 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. and 90 lbs. per acre. Heavier seeding rates produce better results especially with a slow starter like Zoysia.

Seedland recommends that you plant at the 2 LB. per 1000 square feet rate for best results.

Over Seeding During Zoysia Grass Dormancy

Over seeding with cool season grasses such as ryegrass or tall fescue can give added green coverage through the cooler season and provides for a year round green coverage.  --- However this is not recommended as it does present some problems unless you understand the spring transition maintenance requirements. The golden brown color offers a pleasant look without over seeding.

Reseeding Your Lawn VS Reviving Your Lawn With TLC

Reseeding to convert the current lawn variety to a newer variety may or may not work if you do not intend to kill out the existing stand. In fescue lawns there have been satisfactory results. In some lawn grasses, failure occurs from the shade problem of the existing grass. We always recommend that your first and best choice in trying to improve a lawn is to work on what you have by watering, fertilizing, and mowing properly. This will often work wonders on a problem lawn.

If You decide that a new lawn is what you want then, for best results you should eliminate all existing weeds and grasses by tilling. But many individuals do not want to go to the expense and aggravation of doing this.. You can apply a product such as Roundup® to kill the existing grass.

If you don't want to kill the existing lawn cover, then cut the existing growth as close as possible if you are not going to kill the grass. Over seed heavily and water frequently for at least 10-20 days straight during warm weather and more frequently in really hot / dry weather. Then water every other day. Do not plant without irrigation. Fertilize lightly with a 10-10-10 (approximately 10 lbs per 1000 sq. ft.)

Reseeding to fill in bare spots or areas that for some reason or the other were damaged and killed is an excellent choice. Sprigging or plugging these areas will take the same amount of time to grow in as the plant from seed will and the same care will have to be given as to watering. The varieties from seed will mix in with the vegetative propagated ones.

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Zoysia Grass Seeding Tips and Facts

Watering the soil immediately before and after seeding to hasten the germination process. Soil temps of 70 degrees+ are desirable for fastest germination. Some people find it easier to premix seeds with fine sand or finely grained starter fertilizer. (If you use fertilizer apply the mix immediately to prevent damage to the seed). This helps to assure an even coverage when well mixed and distributed with the spreader.. Seed using a drop-type or cyclone type spreader and uniformly broadcast onto a freshly prepared (moist, not dried out) seedbed.

Use at least one to two pounds of
Non-coated Pure Zenith or Compadre
seed per 1,000 sq. ft.

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The ideal planting rate with best results
is found using 2 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
When planting coated seeds Increase to 2-3 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft

Higher rates of seed per 1000 sq. ft. can result in faster establishment. Some experts suggest 2 lbs per 1000 sq ft.  For Best results, we do not recommend less than 2 lbs per 1000 sq. ft. as this rate has given the best results in trial we have observed. Zoysia is slow to establish under normal conditions (compared to cool season grasses), so the use of higher seeding rates is HIGHLY recommended.

For best results seed at 2 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft. (3 lbs. on coated seed) -- Spread half of the seed in one direction and the other half in the opposite direction for an even coverage. Rake very lightly so that the seed are planted from 1/4 to 1/2 inch in depth. Ideally you should roll the area after planting with a lawn roller. You can rent this device from many local equipment rental firms. The seed and soil need firm contact with very little soil or mulch coverage to germinate properly.

When planted by PROFESSIONAL Grassing experts... You will see planting rates recommended as low as 1 lb. per 1000 sq. ft. IF you (Homeowner or professional) can correctly prepare the site, plant at correct depths, fertilize regular, mow regular and provide irrigation to the site it is possible to obtain a successful stand with 1 lb. per 1000 sq. ft. For homeowners we generally recommend seeding at the higher rate of 2 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft, because they rarely attend to the lawn on a daily basis.

GETTING QUICKER STANDS OF ZOYSIA

Water as often as needed which might be two or three times daily to keep the surface constantly moist (not soaking) for the first 20-30 days until you see a fair amount of the little seedlings have sprouted. Thereafter, reduce watering frequency enough to keep good moisture within one inch of the surface. Most experts say you still will need to water your Zoysia planting every other day for 5-8 weeks gradually reducing the frequency. Water is a key factor in successful establishment of Zoysia. If you can't water daily, don't plant Zoysia. Fertilize lightly at the end of six weeks.

SEEDING OLD LAWNS: To Convert To Zoysia Grass

Many lawn owners wish to convert to Zenith by simply over seeding and this may or may not work satisfactorily. If you wish to try this method, then proceed by cutting the existing grass as close as possible (scalping if possible). Remove all thatch and clippings and roughing the soil as much as possible to get better contact of the seed to the soil. Start in spring and seed heavily to get as much seed as possible worked into the existing lawn soil. Water frequently for at least 10-20 consecutive days during warm weather. Keep the area mowed to prevent and minimize shading of the germinating seedlings.

A better method is to apply roundup prior to seeding. Make sure you apply according to the directions on the Roundup and wait for the proper time span. Killing your existing grass and weeds will allow you to plant without tearing up the soil.  Of course the ideal method is to plant on weed free, tilled and smoothed soil.

DO NOT: Use any type of pre-emergence weed control or weed and feed fertilizer for at least 60 days before or after seeding ZENITH. After seeding do not use any weed control chemical that is not labeled and recommended for ZOYSIA grasses. It is best to avoid using any weed & feed fertilizers until you have mowed your lawn areas 5-6 times.

Zenith Zoysia grass is for the person who is tired of pampering bluegrasses and fescues. Once established it does not need petting. Mow and water if necessary and enjoy a beautiful outdoor carpet of your very own.

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