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Zoysia Grass Makes for a Great Lawn

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

If you're looking for a heat resistant grass type that grows thickly and crowds out troublesome weeds, Zoysia grass is a perfect selection. Zoysia grass combines several benefits of a warm season grass in a medium textured leaf. Here's more on this Asian import that is taking southern American lawns by storm.

If you ask most home owners to describe their ideal grass type, most will tell you that they want a lawn that will grow in times of drought and will resist weeds with a carpet-like feel that's not too difficult to care for. That's a lot to ask for from grass, right? Not so. Zoysia grass is the answer to all of those lawn requirements. Originating in Southeast Asia, China, and Japan, Zoysia has proven to be a versatile grass type that grows aggressively during the summer months. Here are some of the benefits of Zoysia grass that you should consider.
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  • Weed Fighter. Because Zoysia has medium blades and grows so freely in the summer, it will usually crowd out common lawn weeds after a few mowings. This means you save the time, effort, and money that you would have spent on chemical treatments throughout the summer.
  • Drought Resistant. When that yearly drought comes around in your area and the city places you on a watering restriction, you'll be glad to know that your Zoysia lawn will withstand high temps with little or no water.
  • Less Mowing. Because Zoysia is a slow growing grass type, you won't have to mow more frequently than 10 days to two weeks. And because it's a perennial, you'll only have to seed once.

As with all grasses, there are some drawbacks to Zoysia grass that you should be aware of before you decide to plant. These are minor issues that most home owners can live with considering the benefits of Zoysia.

Zoysia Grass Cons

  • Invasiveness. Because Zoysia grass grows aggressively, it can spread to your neighbor's lawn or your garden very easily. This growing action is difficult to control or stop.
  • Winter Time. During the winter months, Zoysia grass goes dormant. This means it will take on a light brown color that some home owners don't particularly care for.

The next time you're at your local home and garden center, ask a professional about Zoysia grass for your lawn.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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