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Zoysia Grass

Things You Need To Know About Your Zoysia Grass

Zoysia grass is a warm-season turf that prefers a lot of sunlight. It is native to Asia and is well-suited for the Southeast United States. A zoysia lawn is perennial and provides a natural barrier against weeds.

8 Zoysia Lawn Tips

Here are 8 things you should know about your Zoysia lawn:

  1. A zoysia lawn has a better shade tolerance than other warm-season grasses (like bermuda).
  2. Zoysia has several varieties in various textures from very fine to medium textures. Some of these varieties include:
    • Meyer zoysia
    • Emerald zoysia
    • El toro zoysia
    • Zeon zoysia
  3. Sunlight is one of the most important factors in achieving a healthy zoysia lawn. At least 7 hours of sunlight per day is recommended.
  4. Zoysia requires about 1 inch of water per week.  During times of extreme drought, zoysia may go dormant.  When ample rainfall or water returns, zoysia grass will resume growth.
  5. The soil should be well-drained for your zoysia grass. Standing water is particularly harmful to your zoysia since it is prone to a fungal disease called zoysia patch which is aggravated by dampness and humidity.
  6. Zoysia patch fungus creates large, unsightly patches that will continue to grow throughout the growing season. Although not dead, these patches will take time to recover. Read our post on how to avoid it here.
  7. Zoysia requires a more neutral pH of at least 6.5. For this reason, it is recommended that granular lime (a calcium-containing material) be spread evenly across the turf to raise the soil pH toward a more neutral or alkaline level. (We typically do this on warm-season grasses like bermuda and zoysia in the early fall.)
  8. Your zoysia lawn should be maintained at a height between 0.75″ and 1.5″.  Some of the wider blade varieties can be maintained slightly taller.

Give us a call if you have any questions about your zoysia lawn. We would be happy to give you some insight and advice as well as a free quote.