El Toro Zoysia
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.