Homeowners understand the value of maintaining a beautiful yard. But this can be challenging, especially when you live in an area that experiences high temperatures. Even a frequent watering schedule is insufficient in preventing your lawn from drying out and going brown due to the sun’s heat. Fortunately, there are grass types that are resilient against heat, drought and even frequent foot traffic. A prime example of these grass types is Zoysia.
What is Zoysia?
Zoysia is a warm-season grass that thrives under the sun. Homeowners around the world often use this for their lawns. Australians tend to plant the grass in residential and commercial properties because of its tolerance to heat and traffic, low maintenance requirements and its dense growth. Additionally, it has different subgenera you can choose from.
- Zoysia Macrantha: A native to Australia, this sub-genus performs well in very sunny areas. It is light green and has a coarse and prickly texture.
- Zoysia Japonica: A sub-genus that originated in Southeast Asia, this grass adjusts to variations in temperature, moisture and sunlight. It’s also resistant to weeds and insects. It has a fairer shade of green and a leaf texture that’s neither coarse nor fine.
- Zoysia Matrella: Another sub-genus native to Southeast Asia, this type has a finer leaf texture than the other two. It’s a warm-season grass and thrives best in hot and humid lawns.
Why Plant Zoysia in Your Yard?
Zoysia’s high heat tolerance and resilience to foot traffic makes it ideal for lawns. It gives you an aesthetically pleasing grass type that will hold up to frequent outdoor activities, from parties to playing sports. Find out why this grass is popular for lawn repairs.
Soft and Supple
Zoysia has supple blades that are soft underfoot. It prevents little to no irritation to you and the rest of your household. Let your kids run barefoot throughout the yard without worrying about their feet.
Zoysia is a grass type that takes a while to grow. It means you can reduce your mowing and other maintenance requirements. Easily redirect your attention towards the other plant life in your yard. Zoysia also doesn’t require frequent watering or fertilising to grow.
Zoysia, aside from being heat and drought tolerant, is highly resilient against damage. As mentioned, you can freely use your yard without having to worry about creating bald spots on its surface area.
Although Zoysia thrives in warmer seasons, it can still survive in the colder months. This grass type can cope with approximately 40 per cent shade.
Zoysia grows thick, preventing weeds from invading it. But this mat takes three years to complete its growth. During that time, you will have to be mindful of any weed growth.
What to Watch Out for with Zoysia
Much like other grass types, Zoysia comes with its own problems. But these are easily manageable. It’s only a matter of educating yourself so that you’ll be prepared to handle them.
- Zoysia is an invasive grass type. Inspect your flower beds while gardening to make sure your grass doesn’t take over.
- Zoysia’s colour will change with the seasons. Prepare yourself for its discolouration, especially as the temperature drops.
- Zoysia is slow-growing. If you are looking for an immediate solution to your lawn problems, consider planting a different grass type.
Growing Zoysia at Home
Zoysia is available in seed form and sod plugs. The latter is often preferred as it’s easier and faster to plant. The plugs must be planted on bare soil. Make sure the spacing between each plug is even to prevent overcrowding. Once done, sprinkle fertiliser over the freshly planted plugs before watering the entire lawn.
Work with a Professional
If you’re hesitant to carry out this lawn renovation, you always have the option to work with professionals. Green Oasis Lawn and Reticulation has over 15 years of industry experience. We’ll install Zoysia grass throughout your yard efficiently. Expect a fully renovated yard after we’ve completed the installation process.
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