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Emerald Zoysia

Characteristics

Emerald Zoysia has a fine, soft texture and thin blade that forms a very vibrant, lush yard. It requires full sunlight and more careful maintenance.

Recommended Usage

Hot, humid and tropical climates, also hot and arid regions – can withstand very heavy usage- recommended for residential and commercial sites.

Temperature Tolerance

Tolerates heat exceptionally well- subject to winter dormancy, but has the best overall cold tolerance of any warm-season turf grass.

Shade tolerance

Requires full sunlight.

Wear resistance

Excellent- exceptionally hardy, has best wear resistance of any grass- tolerates heavy traffic- new varieties have faster growth, recovering more rapidly from severe injury.

Water needs

Needs 1″ to 1.5″ of water per week. It is best to water in the morning so your lawn has plenty of time to dry before nightfall. The later you water, the greater chance of disease.

Mowing and hatching

Slow growth rate reduces mowing frequency- mow at 3/4 to 2 inches with a reel or rotary mower. This is one of the few warm-season grasses that is manageable with a rotary mower. Clippings of Zoysia grass contribute to thatch build-up and should be removed- periodic vertical mowing is needed to control thatch accumulation.

Soil and Fertilizer Needs After Last Frost

Tolerates high salinity and infertile soil relatively well – very low fertilizer requirements. Recommend 5-7 lbs of 16-4-8 or 14-4-14 (which slow release nitrogen) per 1,000 sq. ft. every other month.

Disease, weed, insect control

Resistant to serious turf diseases- has good insect resistance. Dense turf produced by zoysia grass prevents most weeds from appearing. If needed, use Weed B Gone or anything labeled Zoysia, follow directions on package.