If you want an instant lawn, laying zoysia sod is a great alternative to going through the process of tilling soil and planting seeds. It’s also more expensive, but you can literally have a new lawn up overnight.
Zoysia is native to southeastern and eastern Asia and are found mainly in coastal areas or grasslands. Zoysia sod is one of the most hardy as well as versatile grasses around. It feels at home in all types of soils from sandy soils to heavily clay concentrated soils.
Weeds Are No Match For Zoysia
Weeds have truly met their match with this grass. The thick coverage and underground root system efficiently chokes out any weeds in their path. Zoysia grass is a type of creeping grass which means that it spreads underground by sending out roots and shoots from its nodes. This is one reason that weeds have such a difficult time taking hold in zoysia grass. Weeds attempting to gain a foothold, soon find to their chagrin that this underground labyrinth of roots is too difficult to break through and give up in frustration. This is only one of the reasons that many golf courses love zoysia sod. Having less weeds to deal with makes golf course maintenance so much easier.
Zoysia is a warm season grass that does well in southern and warm climates, even in areas that are prone to droughts. In fact, it does so well in drought conditions that you’ll find that it needs less water than many other grass varieties. If you live in a township or city where water is sparse and expensive, the savings in watering costs alone may make zoysia the perfect grass for you.
There are many varieties of zoysia available on the market but generally zoysia prefers sunny areas, although most varieties do reasonably well in partially shaded areas. Zoysia grass can survive in cold weather as well. Chicago is known for its cold weather and you’ll find zoysia being used on the grounds of many of its courses. But even though zoysia survives in the cold, it doesn’t grow because it becomes dormant in the cold. For most people in colder climates, however, this is not really a problem as who wants to mow the lawn in the winter?
A Low Maintenance Lawn Solution
Another reason that golf courses love zoysia sod is that, once laid and established, it requires very little maintenance. It needs minimal watering, minimal weeding, and minimal mowing.
Zoysia grass does tend to be dense, however, which makes it more prone to thatching problems than some other varieties. This can be controlled mainly by being careful not to over feed it.
Zoysia is a slow growing species. So if you want to have a plush lawn by summer, your sod should be laid as early in the Spring as possible to give it a good chance to take hold. But, since cold weather tends to make it dormant, you’ll need to wait for warmer Spring temperatures. Soil temperatures of around 70 degrees Fahrenheit is perfect.
How Zoysia Sod is Produced
If your lawn already has grass, it’s best to just get rid of it and completely replace it with zoysia. Otherwise, you’ll find that the different varieties may have trouble co-habitating as they will each have different needs such as water requirements, mowing length, sun needs, and so on.
Currently, Bermuda grass is the most popular choice for grasses at the golf courses, but as more people become aware of the various zoysia blends, Bermuda could be facing a fight for primacy.