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A Zoysia lawn after mowing

Characteristics of Zoysia Grass

It may be an unusual lawn name, and in fact the name has been changed many times over the years. Known in past years by names such as Manilla Grass and Temple Grass, and other names - which all seem to sound like ornamental names, rather than names for home lawns.

Today, Zoysia is taking its own name back, and rightly so, and nowadays most Australians are very well aware of the Zoysia name, as well knowing many of its characterisitics which this grass is most well known for.

Lawn care regimens for Zoysia grasses are rather simple, with no special requirement other than following standard good lawn care practices. A cylinder mower will provide the best mowing results for this lawn, but a rotary mower will also provide an excellent quality finish to the lawn also.

Zoysia grass lawns have many great qualities often sought for home lawns, it is tough and able to withstand wear and tear, has low invasiveness into garden beds, can out-compete many weeds, it is hardy to drought, and is excellent in full sun and in partial shade levels of up to 40%.

Zoysia Lawn

Zoysia - Best For Warmer Regions

Zoysia is a grass which is best suited to all warmer regions, and it will not be suitable to colder regions. The original grasses which these lawns have been bred from - come from mostly warmer, and sometimes tropical regions as well, and from these foundations Zoysia - even today - will always prefer to stay in warmer regions. Though having said that, the breeding of all Zoysia grasses has ensured that they can grow healthily in cooler regions than from where they had originally been sourced from. And with this breeding, has come more versatility with their growing regions also.


Colour and Characteristics Of Zoysia

Zoysia does have a slightly different type of green hue than say a Kikuyu or Couch lawn does, its colour hue is unique to itself.

Zoysia is also most notably known around the web also as being less prone to weeds, pests and disease than most other lawn types. And of course Zoysia does not need as much watering, mowing or fertilising to stay green and healthy - and in fact over-dosing a Zoysia lawn on too much water or fertiliser can have the opposite effect of making the lawn less healthy, so always be sure to keep these things in strict moderation.

It is no secret that Zoysia is my own favourite warm season lawn, when planted in the right conditions of course. However, for your own lawn selections, always be sure to do your own independent research and be sure to see a Zoysia lawn for yourself, to be sure that you too will be happy with the lawn… and while I may love this grass, there is of course no perfect lawn for every person. Zoysia though, is worth considering for a lawn grown in all warmer climates.


Leaf Type

Type

Aggressiveness

Traffic Tolerance

Sun Requirements

Shade Tolerance

Salt Tolerance

Ideal pH



Botanical Name

Also Know As

Varieties
Fine | Medium | Coarse

Warm Season | Cool Season

Low | Medium | High

Low | Medium | High

Low | Medium | High

Poor | Good | Excellent

Poor | Good | Excellent

5.5 - 6.5



Zoysia japonica

Temple Grass, Empire Grass, Empress Grass, Manilla Grass, Japanese Grass

Empire, Empress





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