Zoysia grass for Florida Lawns

Zoysiagrass for Florida Lawns

:J. Bryan Unruh, L. E. Trenholm, and J. L. Cisar

Zoysiagrasses (Zoysia spp.) were introduced into the United States from Asia and provide attractive turf throughout much of the United States. In recent years, dramatic improvements in zoysiagrass have been made by turfgrass breeders. These improvements include insect resistance, accelerated establishment, and overall performance. Zoysiagrasses are adapted to a variety of soil types and have good tolerance to shade, salt, and traffic. They provide an extremely dense sod that resists weed invasion, but certain pests can be problematic.

Zoysiagrass maintenance is different from that of other Florida lawn grasses. When improper maintenance prac-tices are followed, undesirable results are likely to occur. Table 1 provides a quick comparison of zoysiagrass to other lawn grasses.

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