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Zoysia sp.

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What about it?

Zoysiagrass is a creeping perennial that grows by way of a rhizome root network. It has a fine texture and a green color.

What is it used for?

Zoysiagrass is considered a warm season turfgrass.

Where does it grow? How do we grow it?

Zoysiagrass is a slow-growing grass, so it takes some time to get established in a certain spot. However, lawns of zoysiagrass reduce weed encroachment and eventually produce a heavy thatch. It is usually planted vegetatively to a spot that receives partial sunlight and partial shade. Zoysiagrass is drought tolerant and cold tolerant. Mow to a height of 1 inch. (Normal height is 4 inches.)

What are its primary problems?

Establishment may be problematic and time-consuming, but zoysiagrass will soon choke out the weeds and become a thick green mat of grass.

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