Jamur Zoysia turf is a low maintenance grass. The Zoysia grass varieties are selected for their superior drought tolerance & low fertilizer requirements. In addition, the ability to withstand sports-related wear. It also will to stand up to moderate shade.
Zoysias range in texture from the extremely fine-bladed grasses used on golf course greens (such as the new L1F variety), to moderately fine-bladed grasses with the versatility to be used on home lawns, golf courses or sports fields, to a medium leaf blade best used on home lawns (JaMur Zoysia).
Dr. Milt Engelke studied Zoysiagrass at Texas A & M University for 32 years. “This species, I think, is the best environmental grass we have,” Engelke says. “It can survive with little or no maintenance.”
Once established, Zoysia grasses require less water than other warm-season turfgrasses. Briggs Ranch, a golf course grassed with Zeon Zoysia in San Antonio, Texas, reports using 20% to 30% less water for irrigation as compared to golf courses grassed with Bermudagrass.
The family of Zoysiagrasses has a built-in mechanism that helps it to stand up to drought. The grass will go dormant, slightly off color, and shut down growth until water through irrigation or rainfall returns.
“I really believe the drought response is high,” says Dr. Brian Schwartz, turfgrass breeder at the University of Georgia.
At Atlanta Athletic Club, where both 18-hole golf courses are grassed with Zoysia, Superintendent Ken Mangum says, “Nitrogen, we are 75 percent less than when the same course was bermudagrass.” Mangum says he uses as little as ¾ lbs. of Nitrogen a year to maintain his zoysiagrass fairways.
At Escondido Golf Club in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, Superintendent Scott Hamiltion says he uses only “two pounds of nitrogen a year to keep it pretty green.” This is compared to golf courses grassed with Bermudagrass that require six lbs. of nitrogen fertilizer, or more, per year.
For home lawns, the University of Missouri recommends “no more than two pounds of Nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of turf.”
If shade is an issue on your lawn, golf course or sports field, Zoysiagrass is a better option than Bermudgrass, according to shade research conducted at the University of Arkansas. Though no grass will grow in the deepest, darkest shade, Zoysiagrasses, as a grass family, tend to stand up to moderate shade significantly better than other turfgrasses.
With its adaptability to full sun and moderate shade sites, JaMur is one of the most versatile turfgrass varieties available. JaMur Zoysia is a medium texture grass, similar in look to El Toro grass, but it’s a lot easier to manage. JaMur needs less water and less fertilizer than other standard lawn grasses. Once established, this dense turf tends to choke out weeds. In addition, JaMur is a great replacement for other Zoysia cultivars. Its attractive blue-green color is the best choice for high visibility areas, and high traffic residential and commercial applications.