ZOYSIA SOD – THE PREMIUM GRASS
Zoysia grass comes in various cultivars and each of these has special characteristics and growth condition preferences. At SodScapes Texas we have gained vast experience in the growing and maintenance of these varieties. We can supply according to your requirements but first you will need to know a little about some of those varieties before you can make up your mind on which sod variety to choose. Of course, what will determine your decision will be a combination of the sod prices per square feet, your location’s climate and your maintenance preferences. You will also need to know the sod suppliers available near you for your convenience. For this series, we tell you all you need to know about Zoysia sod as an alternative choice for your lawn requirements because we can deliver your order right to your door step.
What is Zoysia Sod
Originally from Asia, this grass type is now popular in North America in the zoning regions from 7 to 12. It is a warm weather grass and some of the members of the Zoysia family would turn brown at the slightest hint of cold weather. Generally it is a slow growing type and this makes it a great choice for the homeowner who desires a low maintenance lawn. However, it has some varieties that have been specially bred and are highly fast growing to the point of serious invasive behavior.
To have the best of this type’s benefits, you will need to grow it in warmer climates with well prepared soils. The sod price per square feet of Zoysia is around $4 and we can supply you with the ideal variety for your climatic requirements.
If you are in the tropical regions this would be an ideal choice. It does not tolerate cold winters to any degree. The leaf blade is of a medium width and can come in various green shades depending on the particular variety. The most desirable feature of Matrella is its ability to thrive remarkably well in sandy soils and soils with considerably low nutrition. It grows laterally as opposed to most other varieties that grow vertically and so will quickly spread on the ground.
This native grass is originally from Queensland coasts therefore it can thrive well in salty environments. It used to be a very slow growing type and has since been specially bred into a type called Nora which is faster growing and is now a popular choice for business frontages, home use and even some public spaces. We have learned, from feedback from our clients that this would do well in warmer temperature regions.
This is perhaps the most widely use type of the Zoysia family as it can be used successfully outside the tropic regions.
It is naturally winter tolerant and so can thrive under a number of conditions in which it would be difficult for other types to make it. You can choose this type of grass for a particular sod shade as it ranges from light green to darker green with thin to medium blades. The best feature of this sod type is its easy adaptation to climatic conditions around it.
There are a number of other varieties of the Zoysia family and these include:
Hybrid :- This is a cross between Matrella and Japonica Zoysia and requires very low water. It dis-favors much fertilization.
Tenuifolia :- This type grows very slowly but is a no-wear type of lawn. It would do well for the garden space that is inclined to a more natural feel. There is literally a no-mow quality to this grass and you can only mow it for neatness once or twice in a year.
Here are a few points to note if your are deliberating on whether or not to go for Zoysia varieties;
- After planting, ensure that you water the area at least twice a day for the first couple of weeks.
- Zoysia would crowd out all other lawn types and even move into your garden and onto your neighbor’s yard, ensure trimming to avoid disputes!
- The color of most Zoysia varieties is quite temperamental so you may find that you will have the grass in a brown color more often in the course of the year.
- Its slow growing nature is good for low maintenance but may be bad in that once damaged the lawn will take time to recover. Our sod varieties will then become handy as they quickly install.
- It may be difficult to remove once established, be sure that when you opt for this it is a gardening decision for life.
- The most optimal time for planting a successful sod patch is between Mid May and June. This will help avoid pest and weed invasion as it will quickly establish before becoming susceptible to serious damage.