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Zoysia Grass Types Earn Mixed Reviews

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Despite the fact that zoysia is known as the 'super grass', there are several considerations to think about before making it a part of your landscape. While it is one of the more durable grass types, this perennial turf needs a combination of proper region and favorable soil conditions. Here's more on this popular lawn selection.
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Why Zoysia is so Good

Sid Mullis, director of the University of Georgia Extension Service Office and columnist for the Augusta Chronicle, knows a thing or two about grass types. Augusta National Golf Course has tried them all looking for the perfect turf for its annual major championship, The Masters. And while he isn't sold on the 'super grass' moniker, he does like this turf material a lot. Sid has this to say about zoysia:

  • Versatile. Stops erosion on slopes, durable in a variety of conditions.
  • Heat-friendly. Even in the toughest droughts, zoysia remains steady.
  • Anti-weeds. In its prime, weeds are squeezed out year around.
Why Zoysia is Not so Good

One of the main issues with zoysia is its recovery rate. During periods of extreme drought and watering restrictions, it goes dormant. Adding water can bring it back in full, but the amount of time it takes to do so is a drawback. Also, zoysia is not an ideal choice for regions north of the Mason-Dixon line. The United States Department of Agriculture reveals that it thrives primarily in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, North Carolina, New Mexico, and Puerto Rico.

The Bottom Line

Of all the grass types, zoysia certainly should be at the top of your short list. But right climate and right soil is necessary to enjoy the full benefits of this particular turf.


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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