Zoysia grass establishes more slowly than some lawn grasses, but it forms a very dense carpet of grass beneath your feet. It’s so dense that very few lawn weeds penetrate established Zoysia lawns. The grass spreads by above-ground stems and underground stems. This thick, dense growth earns it favor from warm-climate sod producers and families that use their lawns heavily for lawn games and entertaining.
Zoysia naturally develops a deep root system, and it’s very efficient at conserving moisture and resisting drought. During short drought episodes, the grass remains green. If drought and heat persist, Zoysia will go dormant, but it greens up quickly when watered again. Zoysia prefers full sun, but it tolerates moderate shade.
Zoysia Grass Lawn Care
For warm-season grasses such as Zoysia, optimal times for standard month-by-month lawn projects are opposite those for cool-season lawns. Zoysia is best planted in spring after all threat of frost passes and the grass enters its time for optimal growth. Because of Zoysia’s dense growth habit, it tends to develop thatch, aeration and dethatching should be done in early spring for Zoysia lawns. This timing allows the grass to recover during peak growth.
Zoysia lawns typically need 1 inch of rainfall or irrigation per week. Deep, infrequent watering encourages deep, drought-resistant roots. Sandy soils may need more frequent watering to retain color during summer heat and stress. Mow your slow-growing Zoysia lawn as needed to maintain a recommended height of 1 to 1 1/2 inches.
For many homeowners, Zoysia grass is their warm-season grass of choice. That’s especially true where a drought-resistant, low-maintenance, traffic-tolerant lawn is the goal.
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