Lawn Varieties
everything for lawn care all in one place
providing dependable & original lawn tips since 2008
The Lawn Guide
Zoysia Lawn
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





All content original and copyright
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Tips
you may also like one of
these lawn care articles...
General Lawn Care
IMAGE
Regular lawn mowing Regular Lawn Mowing When lawns are mown at the...
IMAGE
Brown thatch layer between soil and lawn leaf What Is Lawn Thatch...
IMAGE
This is a small re-turfing job I undertook recently. We're installing...
Lawn Repair
IMAGE
Lawn scalped due to infrequent mowing Why Lawns Get Scalped Lawns or...
IMAGE
Repairing a Hard Lawn Hard Lawns and Compacted Soils Lawns, and more...
IMAGE
Dog urine burning lawn Dogs Urine Burning Lawns The problem of lawn...
Lawn Watering
IMAGE
Correct retic sprinkler heights Lawn Sprinkler Heights Whether laying...
IMAGE
When is the best time to water lawns Correct Lawn Watering Times...
IMAGE
Watering too often Excessive Watering Of Lawns When we talk about...
Lawn Mowing
IMAGE
'New Content' By Kate Wall When it comes time to buy a mower we can...
IMAGE
Long periods between mowing shouldbe avoided to maintain good lawn...
IMAGE
Time To Mow Lawns Higher In Perth Perth and it's surrounding towns...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
IMAGE
Anatomy of Canadian Fleabane How To Kill Canadian Fleabane Canadian...
IMAGE
By Kate Wall 'New Content' What are some of the most common lawn...
IMAGE
Common Chickweed in Flower How To Kill Chickweed Chickweed is a...
Lawn Varieties
IMAGE
Most Popular Lawn Types In Australia This is a quick overview to...
IMAGE
Queensland Blue lawn in seed Characteristics of Queensland Blue Couch...
IMAGE
A warm season Couch lawn What Are Warm Season Grasses Grasses are...
THE LAWN GUIDE ©


Different lawn types available in Australia, including independent and unbiased reviews of popular brands of turf for sale in Australia today
independent lawn care tips for australian lawns

Lawn Care Facts
Lawn Fact:
Bowling Greens are watered once a week and mowed twice a day.
They can do this because they water very heavily and deeply, resulting in the lawn sending down very deep roots past the evaporation level, so the lawn always has access to adequate water.
Professional lawn care videos sharing quality lawn care tips in an easy video format - click to watch
killing & keeping weeds from lawns video
meanings to the most common terms
used in lawn care practices in australia
Lawn Care Expert
Respected Australian turf and plant breeder Todd Layt shares expert lawn care advice with lawn lovers
LINK TO THE LAWN GUIDE
Grab this image and link to Australia's original & favourite source of quality lawn care tips
THE BUFFALO LAWN CARE SITE
Lawn care tips for Australia's favourite shade grass
Organic lawn care advice to create environmental benefit from our lawns
IMAGE
Lawn Mowing Heights to Save Water and Keep Lawns Healthy In keeping with the principles of...
IMAGE
Using Artificial Fertilisers In Organic Lawn Care The principles of organic lawn care involve...
IMAGE
Good Lawn Care Is Key To Preventing Weeds As people who take the ideals of organic lawn care...
A low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn for all warmer regions
IMAGE
The best regions to grow Zoysia Where Can I Grow Zoysia In Australia Zoysia grass does its...
IMAGE
Zoysia Seed, Sod or Plugs After deciding on Zoysia as a new lawn type for your home or...
IMAGE
Who Shouldn't Choose A Zoysia Lawn We understand that Zoysia will not be the best lawn for...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
IMAGE
As many people who have visited The Lawn Guide over the years, and since our first launch in...
IMAGE
Lawn Club is a new lawn care, lawn mowing, and gardening contractors business information...
IMAGE
Where Do Lawns Come From We're all very accustomed to our lawns these days, they seem to be...

Lawn Care Topics
the lawn guide ~ australia's leading source of quality lawn care information