Category: Zoysiagrass

Zoysiagrass or zoysiagrasses or zoysia (common names) include several species of the genus Zoysia which is native to east Asia from Korea and Japan to China, and as far south as Malaysia. Zoysia is a C4 (warm-season), sod-forming grass used occasionally in lawns and high visibility areas in North America, particularly in the transition area from Maryland to Tennessee, and south to the Gulf Coast, and the Mediterranean climate areas of southern California. In South Florida it does best in marly soils of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Zoysiagrass is common throughout the West Indies. Zoysiagrasses are the main turfgrass of Hawaii.

Zoysia spreads by rhizomes (below-ground runners) and stolons (above-ground) but over time the rhizomes accumulate in a thick mat. While zoysia is slow to establish, once it gets established, it is hard to remove because of the build-up of rhizomes. It is resistant to some grass herbicides that kill other warm-season turfgrasses.

Species such as Zoysia matrella, Zoysia japonica, Zoysia tenuifolia and their interspecific hybrids are represented by cultivars Meyer (Z-52), Emerald, El Toro, Empire, and the finest texture types such as templegrass or manilagrass. In North America zoysiagrasses are used primarily in lawns and limited areas on golf courses. Despite good wear tolerance, the slower growth and recovery rate of zoysia makes it less suitable for high intensity areas such as sports fields and golf courses than bermudagrass.

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Zoysia Choke out

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Sid Poole – posted 04 September 2014 19:59 I sodded my lawn with Meyer z52 14 years ago when I built my house. I live on a zero lot line and the houses on...

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El Toro Zoysia

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larrys – posted 05 November 2014 16:27 Does anyone know where I can find El Toro Zoysia sod in the Tampa, FL area?

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6mo old Zoysia – We need help!

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KrazyKat97 – posted 27 November 2014 08:58 We live in Central Florida and installed Jamur zoysia in May & June 2014. It stayed very green until August. We slowly decreased the amount of days...

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Empire Zoysia in Fort Myers, FL

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evmibo – posted 09 March 2015 03:59 Hello,I’m interested in putting empire zoysia in my front and back yards. I would like to do maintenance on my own and not have to hire a...

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Crowne vs Empire

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danman421 – posted 30 April 2015 09:29 Hi guys, I am looking to sod my backyard with one of these two. I can get the Crowne now for $105 a pallet locally but the...

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overwatering of zoysia

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llewesor – posted 04 May 2015 20:54 I overwatered my one year old sod last summer and fall. In about Jan. it started to look very bad. Black roots and grass blades, very thin...

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El Toro Zoysia

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Jimmy Brown – posted 25 January 2014 21:57 Just got 7 pallets of Palmer’s Turf Nursery El Toro Zoysia in Chattanooga , Tennessee. It was a great experience to deal with the Palmer’s. They...