Dark green in color, Palisades Zoysia has a medium to course texture and is native to southeast and East Asia. It spreads by runners and grows slower than the hybrid Bermuda. Zoysia has a good establishment and regrowth, which makes it extremely drought and cold tolerant. It loves blistering heat and can survive to 30° below zero. Zoysia grows so thick with deep roots that crabgrass and other summer weed weeds cannot germinate making it a popular choice among homeowners.
How to Plant
Ideal planting times vary greatly from region to region and year to year. For the Austin area, the ideal planting times range from March through September. Upon receiving the sod, separate with sharp garden shears and lightly dampen the soil and cut a strip of grass about 1” wide. If you decide to fertilize the newly planted sod, do not use ordinary, granular fertilizers. They can burn or cause serious damage. Instead use a water-soluble fertilizer, or contact your local lawn care specialist.
Care and Maintenance
Zoysia lawns require up to 80% less irrigation than other grasses. The vigorous root system is so deep and extensive the grass rarely, if ever, needs watering. This makes it perfect for places that can through drought during the summers, such as Austin, Texas. Mowing is limited because zoysia does not grow very quickly. A healthy zoysia lawn should be moved to a height of 1 ½” to 3”. Dethatching may not be necessary but if you choose to do so, it is advisable to do so in the spring to improve the passage of air, water, and nutrients through the turf.
Due to its high toleration to temperature, sunlight, and water, these grasses are among the most widely used for lawns in temperate climates. Commonly used on golf courses to create fairways and teeing areas. Zoysia grasses stop erosion on slopes, and are excellent at repelling weeds throughout the year. Environmental benefits include filtering carbon dioxide, limiting the movement of pesticides and nutrients, and helps absorb heat in the summer.