Zoysia turf is a low maintenance grass. The Zoysia grass varieties are all selected for their superior drought tolerance, low fertilizer requirements, the ability to withstand sports-related wear, and 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.
Zeon Zoysia is the #1 Selling Zoysia in America. And for good reason! This fine textured grass is the “most beautiful zoysia on the market today.” Turfgrass professionals and consumers alike often note Zeon’s “Wow Factor”. University tests agree, Zeon Zoysia is truly something special. In NTEP (National Turfgrass Evaluation Program) testing, Zeon Zoysia ranked #1 in turf quality. NTEP also confirmed that Zeon Zoysia produces far less thatch than other Zoysia grasses tested.
Pros of Zoysia
- Versatile: Use for lawns, golf courses, sports fields, resorts
- Adaptable: Thrives in a wide range of soil conditions
- Drought tolerant: Less water requirements.
- Salt Tolerant: In salty environments, simply mow the grass and remove clippings to remove salt from the soil
- Easy Care: Less thatch than other standard zoysias.
- Shade Tolerant: Grows in full sun or moderate shade.
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Information provided by Bladerunner Farms.