Zoysia, an unusual grass, has been growing in popularity over the past few years.
It is known for its lush green sward, and long-lasting nature. It grows with a long, broad leaf that looks similar to Tall Fescue. This is a rolling lawn that is usually sold as a roll-on, although seeds may be available. Although it is most suitable for temperate climates, it can also be grown in cooler temperate or subtropical regions.
Zoysia can grow in any well-drained, deep soil. However, a sandy loam soil is best for Zoysia lawns.
Slow growth is a major problem with Zoysia. This is especially true when lawns are damaged or need to be repaired. Because Zoysia grows so thickly, weeds are rarely an issue. However, it can establish weeds in bare spots due to its slow growth.
Zoysia is tolerant to drought, but prefers areas that receive good rainfall and irrigation. Zoysia doesn’t require much fertiliser. However, a 30g per square metre treatment in spring, summer, and autumn will maintain good growth.
The best mower for Zoysia is a Reel or Cylinder mower. Rotor mowers can cause the leaves to fall off and make the lawn look slightly ragged.