Zoysia Grass

Zoysia Grass

Zoysia grass is among the most versatile, wear- tolerant varieties of turf grasses.

Zoysia grasses are sod-forming perennial species that possess both stolons and rhizomes. The grasses turn brown after the first hard frost and are among the first warm season grasses to green up in the spring. The species vary from extremely fine textured to coarse textured types and the leaf blades are very stiff due to a high silica content.

A highly versatile grass species and extremely drought tolerant, zoysia grass makes ideal lawn grasses in some situations and can be used on golf courses, parks and athletic fields. They can be grown in all kinds of soils ranging from sands to clays and both acid and alkaline in reaction. In the U.S., zoysia grasses are adapted along the Gulf Coast from Florida to Louisiana in the delivery area of River View Turf Farm. See our (Ordering & Delivery Page) for more information.

In the southern U.S., zoysia grass grows well in moderately shaded locations. Although it does turn straw colored under severe drought conditions, it has the capacity to respond to subsequent irrigation or rainfall. Its water requirements are similar to those of bermuda grass. The leaf blades of zoysia grass are among the first to roll under drought conditions, thus it tends to conserve moisture more effectively than other species. Zoysia grass also has a deep root system allowing it to more effectively extract water from greater soil depths.

Zoysia grass is also nearly as salt tolerant as bermuda grass. It is widely grown along sandy seashores where drainage is adequate. Zoysia grass does not tolerate poorly drained soils whether they are saline or otherwise.

You can find more information about zoysia grass management and maintenance, as well as the other turf grass species grown at River View Turf Farm, at our Turf Knowledge page.