Landscaping & Nursery Information for Home Gardeners


Zoysia is a warm season grass, thriving when temperatures are between 65 and 95deg F. There are several advantages to zoysia grass:

1. Rapidly spreading 2. Green during the summer 3. Limited weed growth 4. Few, if any, insect problems 5. Slow growing, requiring fewer mowings. 6. Extremely wear resistant when green

On the other hand, there are several disadvantages:

1. Difficult to establish. Currently established by plugs, spaced six inches apart. Costly. 2. Zoysia seed has a low germination percentage, making it difficult to seed. 3. Will not grow in the shade. 4. Invasive. Will grow under sidewalks and driveways, and neighbor's fences. 5. Brown from mid October through mid May. 6. Tough on mowers. Mowers require frequent sharpening. 7. Sensitive to "traffic" when dormant. 8. Heavy thatch buildup, requires frequent dethatching or regulated burnings where permissible.


Zoysia is fertilized in mid to late May with two (2) pounds of nitrogen per 1000 square feet for an actively maintained lawn, and one (1) pound nitrogen per 1000 square feet for low maintenance lawns.

An additional one (1) pound of nitrogen application of nitrogen can be applied in August.

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