Plant and Care for Zoysia Grass

Although Zoysia is a low-maintenance type of grass, it still needs proper care and maintenance to make sure they maintain their appeal and good condition.


Zoysia is a great choice for warmer climates. Zoysia grass is a soft, dense, attractive home turfgrass option. When established and properly cared for, zoysia is heat- and drought-resistant and can stand up to heavy foot traffic.

Zoysia Grass.

Zoysia Lawn Features

 Zoysia is a warm-season, perennial, turf-type grass that spreads by stolons and rhizomes. Its dense turf is characterized by stiff leaf blades. Zoysia exhibits exceptional wear tolerance, good drought tolerance and moderate shade tolerance. Zoysia has a low-water and nutrition requirement. Once fully established, it resists weeds well due to its dense growth pattern. Zoysia does turn brown after the first hard frost but resumes growth as soil temperatures return to 70˚F. Note: Zoysia turns dormant earlier in the winter than other warm-season grasses and may remain brown longer. Other zoysia characteristics to note include:

Daily Sunlight Required: Adaptable to full sun to partial shade (six to eight hours of sunlight)

Sun Tolerance: Excellent

Shade Tolerance: Moderate

Grass Color: Dark green in season, tan/brown when dormant

Grass Texture: Medium

Drought Tolerance: Good

Disease Resistance: Good

Traffic Tolerance: Exceptional

USDA Planting Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 (may not be adaptable to all areas within each climatic zone).

Recommended Planting Dates: Mid- to late spring after the last frost or early fall, depending on your specific location

Average Germination: 14 to 21 Days

Mowing Height: 1.0 to 2.5 Inches

Seeding Instructions for Zoysia Grass

The ideal time to plant zoysia is in mid- to late spring (after the final frost) or early summer. It can also be planted in fall, a minimum of 60 days before the first frost is expected. Beyond this point, any seed planted may not survive the winter, due to insufficient time to establish in the ground before cold weather arrives.

Seeding a New Lawn

Step 1

Start with a soil test to be sure your soil has the proper nutrients it needs for a healthy lawn. The pH should be between 5.8 and 6.5. Apply fertilizer and soil amendment at the …


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