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Type of grass question

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Lawnboy48195, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. Lawnboy48195

    Lawnboy48195 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    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!
  2. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    Sounds like Zoyshia to me.
  3. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    It could be Zoya grass. That is some nasty thick stuff thats hard to cut.
  4. Lawnboy48195

    Lawnboy48195 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Yes, I think you're right because I just looked up pictures of it and I believe that's it! Thanks!
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    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.
  6. Whitey4

    Whitey4 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,448

    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.
  7. grassman177

    grassman177 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,795

    sounds like zoysia to me too, but am not sure that it would grow that far north.
  8. touhey33

    touhey33 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    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.

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