Zoysia is a flexible warm season turfgrass utilized for many applications. Meyers Z-52 has become the most popular of the Zoysia grasses because of its uniform medium texture and tolerances for heat and cold. It provides a plush, high density, deep green cover mid-April through early October in the Southwest. Recommended for residential and commercial landscapes, golf courses, athletic fields and recreation areas.
Good shade adaptation. Tolerates areas up to 50°/° shade or filtered sunlight. Will not tolerate heavy shade.
Very good heat and cold tolerance. Best overall cold tolerance of any warm season turfgrass. See shaded portion of map below for suggested areas of use.
Enters dormant stage in winter months. Stops growing when temperatures drop below 55F for sustained period, turns tan winter color. Requires 65F ground temperature for significant growth.
Is extremely drought tolerant. However, due to slow growing habit, should be watered regularly to encourage growth.
Has best wear resistance of any turfgrass-tolerates heavy traffic. Spreads slowly by rhizome-slow to repair from injury.
RULES OF THUMB MAINTENANCE:
The amount and frequency of watering, mowing and fertilizing depends upon the desired appearance of your turfgrass. Guidelines for maintenance procedures are offered below as good rules of thumb to follow on an as needed basis in maintaining healthy turfgrass with an attractive appearance.
Will tolerate drought. To maintain attractive appearance apply 1 inch of water in a single application about once per week during hot or dry periods.
For a high quality appearance keep mowed height 1 to 2 inches. Mow regularly with a reel or rotary mower allowing the clippings to remain. Irregular mowing practices may result in high buildups of thatch, which will require verticutting, mulching or removal. Suggested not removing more than 1l3 of the leaf growth during a single mowing.
Apply 11b per 1000 SF of full analysis fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphate and potassium; such as 28-13-13 in mid-April. Additional nitrogen may be applied in June and August at a rate of 1 Ib per 1000 SF to encourage growth and maintain color. Suggest obtaining a soil test for specific fertilizer requirements.
Weed growth competes with turfgrass growth. Good maintenance practices help eliminate weed problems. However, it may be necessary even under the best of care, to apply herbicides to maintain weed free turfgrass. Contact your local County Extension agent or herbicide dealer for recommendations for your type turfgrass.