El Toro Zoysia

El Toro Zoysia

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El Toro Zoysia is a flexible warm season turfgrass utilized for many applications. Its leaf texture is slightly more course than Meyers.  El Toro has a faster growth habit than Meyers Z-52 and tolerates slightly more shaded conditions.

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.

SHADE TOLERANCE  Good shade adaptation.  Tolerates areas up to 50% shade or filtered sunlight.  Will not tolerate heavy shade.

HEAT/COLD TOLERANCE: Very good heat   tolerance.  Does not have the cold tolerance as Meyers Z-52 and should not be used North of Oklahoma.   See shaded portion of map below for suggested areas of use.

DORMANCY: 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.

WATER REQUIREMENTS : Is extreme drought tolerant.  However, due to slow growing habit, should be watered regularly to encourage growth.  Recommend 1-1 ½ inches of water in single applications about once per week during hot and dry conditions.

WEAR RESISTANCE-RECOVERY: Has good wear resistance of any turfgrass-tolerates heavy traffic.  Spreads slowly by rhizome-slow to repair from injury.

MOWING   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 1/3 of the leaf growth during a single mowing.

FERTILIZING    Apply 1lb per 1000 SF of full analysis fertilizer containing nitrogen, phosphate and potassium (such as 10-20-10) early March.  Additional nitrogen may be applied in May, June and August at a rate of 1 lb per 1000 SF to encourage growth and maintain color.  Suggest obtaining a soil test for specific fertilizer requirements.