Zoysia Grass

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by 4-Seasons, Mar 3, 2008.

  1. 4-Seasons

    4-Seasons LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 63

    Anyone have any suggestions on Zoysia grass. Customers back yard is
    about 75ft x 45ft. Says that grass does not grow well. It is pretty shady and probably a lot of clay in soil. Its only me and a partner so sod is out of the question. Never Used Zoysia. If anyone has any comments or prices please advise. Thanks
     
  2. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,993

    What are you looking to do? Get rid of it?

    If so then just round it up and reseed. Probably best to wait till fall though.
     
  3. 4-Seasons

    4-Seasons LawnSite Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 63

    Sorry worded that wrong. They dont have Zoysia down just regular grass. They want Zoysia.
     
  4. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,993

    Zoysia is installed in plugs and then it spreads over the course of time.

    To be honest I have never met anyone here in my area that actually wants it. Most people are trying to get rid of it. It's only green a few months out of the year and there is more of a buildup of thatch.
     
  5. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
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    Not sure how zoysia will do in your climate, but it is hands down my favorite turf! It's not as invasive as bermuda, but it is probably the closest to carpet as you can get! LOL!
    There are so many varieties though! I would talk to some sod growers in your area and see what they recommend and how it works in your region.
     
  6. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I didnt even think about that.

    Zoysia is a warm season turf.

    You may want to talk to your customer about having his trees thinned out and then overseeding in the fall.

    If not maybe think about some landscape installation.
     
  7. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,711

    Zoysia does not like shade, so like stated above suggest they trim their trees. Even that may not be enough...as full sun is ideal.
     
  8. TScapes

    TScapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 453

    Actually, Zoysia will tolerate partial shade better than tall fescue and bermuda. But for what you are after, a shade variety of grass like Creeping Red Fescue would be the best choice.

    If you are sold on Zoysia, rather your customer is, go talk to the sod growers as I mentioned, and then talk to some of the Golf Course Superintendents in your area. I just attended a seminar with a bunch of GSA's and the class was on the renovation of a golf course to Zoysia in Atlanta. Like I said, there are so many varieties now, you really need to do some research as to what will work in your region.
     

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