Zoysia Seeding vs. Sod?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by Shpigford, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. Shpigford

    Shpigford LawnSite Member
    Messages: 4

    We recently purchased a home where the previous owners had let the backyard go completely to the point where it's about 90% weeds.

    Our plan is to kill off everything and then start from scratch.

    We've had multiple lawn companies suggest we use Zoysia due to the heat and somewhat shaded area we've got (though there's still a good bit of direct sunlight).

    Our backyard is ~4500 sq/ft and we're in Birmingham, AL.

    But we've also been told that Zoysia doesn't seed very well and that we should use sod instead. On a yard the size of ours, that gets expensive really really fast, so I'm curious if seeding Zoysia isn't as bad as others have made it out to be.

    Is that the case? Or should we seriously look at using Zoysia sod instead of seeds?
  2. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,508

    Emerald Zoysia is only available as sod or plugs. There are some strains that are available as seed but they seem to take a long time to establish with numerous patch seedings needed to fill in fully and don't look as good. Great time to sod and its instant gratification. Plus as fuel rises so will sod prices.
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  3. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    Patriot gave you some good advise on Zoysia Japonica.
    There are seed varieties out there that will work but will take up to 3 or more years to fully grow into a thick-dense lawn. Plugging and sprigging will take the same amount of time to fill in. Sodding a complete lawn will take one season for perform well. Just as Bermuda grass, most of the new breeds of hybrid grasses are sterile and non productive seed producers. If you have the time to baby the seeds and stay on top of a hard herbicide schedule, then do so. Otherwise, for me to lay zoysia sod vs. bermuda sod, the difference of cost is .75 per square yard. Our area in Arkansas grows empire zoysia sod and is readily available.

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