16 Feb Zoysia 101
Zoysia is a traffic tolerant, attractive, versatile, common sense sod choice that is clearly worthy of the serious consideration it is currently receiving in a large part of the United States.
- Zoysia is a genus of grass found across Asia, Australia and the islands of the Pacific. Its roots in America go back approximately 125 years.
- Warm season zoysiagrasses are vegetatively propagated and can only be installed as sod or with plugs. Relatively slow growing, zoysiagrass installed as sod is the preferable method as plugs may take one full growing season to fill in. Cool season zoysiagrasses can be installed as sod, plugs, or seed.
- Unlike many grasses, it can tolerate wide variations in soil, temperature, sunlight and water. As such, it flourishes in the southern and transition zones of the United States.
- Zoysia is a preferred choice of many discerning golf courses and homeowners. It is found as commonly on tee boxes and fairways as it is in well-maintained lawns.
- Zoysiagrasses exhibit finer texture, soft feel, and a surprisingly low growth habit. They stay green much longer than many other kinds of grass, including Bermudagrass and other warm-season grasses.
- Zoysiagrass is a traffic-friendly grass with a good look and feel that requires less mowing and watering and is especially appealing. Zoysia also requires less fertilization.
- It even limits erosion on slopes and is excellent at repelling weeds throughout the year, two more assets that explain its popularity.
- Zoysiagrass is no less vulnerable to fungus and pets under than other grasses, but because it has both rhizomes and stolons (like bermudagrass) it has a greater ability to recover from the damage caused by fungus and pets than warm-season grasses like centipedegrass and St Augustine, which only have stolons.
- The choices are plentiful. Empire Zoysia, a revolutionary medium-bladed, dark green cultivar, is quickly gaining favor among homeowners and golf course professionals for a plethora of reasons.