All About Zoysia

zoysia turfZoysia is quite commonly seen as a turfgrass around Texas. It is a warm season grass that is actually native to Southeast Asia. They are a sod-forming perennial species and as a result are very popular among sod farmers. In the winter, zoysiagrasses will brown after first frost. In the spring, they green up quickly and are typically the first of warm season grasses to get back into the game.


Zoysia is quite versatile and as a result it is used in a variety of different situations. You will find zoysia around Texas on golf courses, parks, lawns, and athletic fields.  This species of grass is impressively drought tolerant and can conserve moisture more effectively than most other grasses. It will yellow under severe drought conditions, but zoysia will respond to irrigation or rainfall after the drought is over. They also have very deep root systems, which allows them to draw water from lower depths.

Zoysiagrass is one of the toughest grasses when it comes to tolerating traffic and wear. However, they grow relatively slowly compared to some other grasses, so cannot recover very easily when actually torn. So zoysia is well suited to lawns, baseball fields and golf courses but not fields of concentrated traffic, such as soccer fields and football fields.


Zoysiagrasses are quite flexible when it comes to soil conditions and can be grown in almost every type of soil and every level of soil acidity. They grow best when moderately shaded here in Texas, but in cooler climates it doesn’t do as well in shade. Mow 1 ½ to 2 ½ inches; increase your mowing height during the summer to ease its stress.


If you’re interested in zoysiagrass and want to know if it’s right for you, contact The Grass Outlet today.



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