View Full Version : Type of grass question

02-26-2008, 11:00 PM
I cut lawns in southeastern Michigan and all of my customers (residential) have bluegrass which I can mulch very easily. I do have 1 customer whose backyard has a real thick, sponge like lawn that I can't mulch no matter how many times I go over it (clippings will NOT sink into turf) and was wondering if anyone had any ideas as to what it could be. I don't have any pictures unfortunately. There is never any weeds growing in it and I have to cut it around 3 1/2 - 4 " so it doesn't look scalped or to have my mower bottom out!

Any ideas? Thanks!

02-26-2008, 11:05 PM
Sounds like Zoyshia to me.

gene gls
02-26-2008, 11:11 PM
It could be Zoya grass. That is some nasty thick stuff thats hard to cut.

02-26-2008, 11:12 PM
Yes, I think you're right because I just looked up pictures of it and I believe that's it! Thanks!

Jason Rose
02-26-2008, 11:39 PM
Zoysia grass that far north?? That's a warm climate turf. It would be dormant about 9 months or more of the year in Michigan. I could be wrong... But I just know that it dosn't even do all that well here because it's dormant so much of the year.

The reason I don't mulch or side discharge here is because a lot of my lawns (Fescue/blue mixes) are so thick that the clippings just will lie on top like you describe.

02-27-2008, 12:03 AM
Lots of zoysia lawns here on Long Island. Pain in the neck. You have to bag zoysia. It tends to develop thatch, and even more quickly if the clippings aren't bagged. You can't mulch that stuff.

02-27-2008, 07:59 PM
sounds like zoysia to me too, but am not sure that it would grow that far north.

02-27-2008, 08:20 PM
sounds like zoysia to me too, but am not sure that it would grow that far north.

I havn't seen any lawns here in Indianapolis area that have zoysia, It does well in the summer heat, but I don't think it can last through our winters.