Zeon Zoysia is a fine bladed Zoysia grass, nicknamed the “Barefoot Grass” due to its soft cushion-like beautiful turf. Zeon has attributes consistent in the Zoysia family, such as handling shady areas better, as well as full sun, and performing well with less water due to its extensive root system.  Although a higher quality turf, Zeon has a blade size similar to Bermuda and has frequently found a home in the shadier areas of Bermuda lawns.  After many years of supplying numerous fine blade Zoysia varieties across the state, The Grass Outlet chose Zeon Zoysia grass as its preferred fine blade Zoysia and is currently a licensed grower of Zeon.  

Key Points

  • Growth Density and Texture: Thick and luxurious growth with a fine texture
  • Sunlight and Shade Tolerance: Thrives in full sunlight or bright shady areas
  • Drought Resistance: Resilient to drought, goes dormant during prolonged dry spells, rejuvenates with rainfall
  • Growth Rate: Exhibits slow growth, necessitating less frequent mowing, and spreads laterally via stolons and underground rhizomes
  • Disease and Insect Resistance: Exhibits superior resistance to diseases and insects compared to some warm-season grasses
  • Mowing Requirements: Can be mowed using reel, rotary, or robotic mowers, less demanding to mow compared to Emerald Zoysi
  • pH Preferences: Favors a more acidic pH compared to tall fescue (low pH)
  • Weed Resistance: Its dense turf inhibits weed growth and other unwanted grasses
  • Fertilization Requirements: Demands less fertilization compared to other grass types, particularly Bermudagrasses
  • Suitable Environments: residential gardens and business landscaping areas, athletic fields, on golf course areas, including fairways, tees, and rough patches Holiday resorts, coastal areas due to its ability to withstand salt spray Suitable for geographical regions categorized as 5b to 11a on the 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map or 1-4 on the Turfgrass Hardiness Map

Performance

  • Mowing Frequency: Low
  • Mowing Height: 1 - 3 in
  • Drought Tolerance: Exceptional
  • Cold Tolerance: High
  • Fall Color Retention: Exceptional
  • Injury Recovery: Moderate
  • Shade Tolerance: High
  • Wear Resistance: Exceptional
  • Weed Resistance: Exceptional
  • Spring Green Up: Exceptional

Insect Tolerance

  • Web Worms: High
  • Chinch Bugs: High
  • Army Worms: High

Disease Tolerance

  • Decline: High
  • Brown Patch: High
  • Grey Leaf Spot: High

Zeon Zoysia Grass Care Recommendations

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Zeon Zoysia: Frequently Asked Questions

Zeon Zoysia grass can be planted at any time of the year, including periods when it is dormant.

Zeon Zoysia boasts superior color retention during autumn and rapidly greens up in the spring.

Caring for Zeon Zoysia grass involves a few key steps. First, ensure it receives adequate sunlight, as it can tolerate some shade but thrives in sunnier conditions. Regular mowing is crucial, keeping the height between 1 to 3 inches to promote density and lateral growth, and always follow the 1/3 rule, never cutting off more than a third of the leaf tissue at once.

Additionally, it requires 3-4 lbs of nitrogen per thousand square feet annually, along with consistent use of pre-emergent herbicides and post-emergent herbicides as needed for weed control. Regular fertilization according to the seasonal schedule and careful management of watering, especially until the roots are well-established, are also essential for maintaining a healthy, dense lawn.

The recommended mowing height for Zeon Zoysia grass is between 1 to 3 inches. It’s important to mow frequently to maintain this height, which promotes increased density through lateral growth. Always adhere to the 1/3 rule, ensuring never to remove more than one-third of the leaf tissue in a single mowing session.