description, any of several strains
of Zoysia are excellent all-around
lawn grasses. They grow slowly and
close to the ground, thrive on a
wide range of soils, have good shade
tolerance, and produce such dense
turf that weed invasion is resisted.
past years 'Meyer' and 'Emerald'
have been the most widely known
and available Zoysias used in the
United States. They must be propagated
vegetatively and rooting and growth
is slow. Solid sodding is recommended,
as is an underground irrigation
grow slowly and require infrequent
mowing, but they are so dense that
a good sharp mower with adequate
power should be used and cutting
should be on a regular schedule.
If "scalped" in mowing
and subjected to other unfavorable
treatment, Zoysias are slow to recover.
natural hybrid selected and released
by Dr. Ian Forbes and associates
at the Department of Agriculture's
Beltsville, Md., Experiment Station,
Meyer (Z-52) Zoysia was the first
really superior Zoysia grass.
in texture, it has good color, good
disease resistance, excellent cold
is easier to mow than Emerald, but
makes more upright growth and requires
somewhat more frequent mowing. It
is also susceptible to spittlebug
infestation, which is easily controlled
with Triazicide, and also will develop
bald spots when growing near the
root systems of large trees.
Zoysia is truly the Cadilac of lawn
grasses. An artificially bred hybrid
released by Dr. Forbes several years
after Meyer, Emerald produces an
extremely dense, fine textured turf
of true emerald green color.
simply cannot be neglected for long
periods of time, but if fertilized
once or twice annually, watered
as needed and cut regularly, it
makes a lawn in sun and/or moderate
shade that is the envy of any neighborhood.
a Zoysia Lawn
is very cold hardy, and although
all the hot climate grasses turn
brown after killing frosts, small
plots of Emerald will maintain green
color throughout most winters as
far north as Atlanta in commercial
areas where it is well protected
and benefits from radiation heating
from buildings and asphalt paving.
It is especially useful where outstanding
appearance is worth a premium, such
as patios, around pool decks and
small turf islands in shopping centers,
Less troubled by insect pests than
Meyer, it is highly recommended
for solid sodding where the owner
will cut it regularly (not as frequently
as Bermudas) with good mowing equipment.
to pay more for these grasses from
your local sod dealer. Zoysia simply
takes longer to fill back in after
having been cut at sod farms. This
decreases supply and growing demand
drives the price up. Anyway, due
to maintanence requirements and
price, we think that Zoysia is best
suited for smaller lawns under 5,000
square feet in size.