Give it living color with unthirsty grasses, flowers and succulents, Learn about maintenance, wear tolerance, ideal climate and more for these top turf choices to pick the right one for you, Turf isn't the only ground cover in town. Wildlife is evolving. I would bet you are ordering the plugs from a Gulf Coast State like Florida or Texas. It will likely still be a 2-year grow-in. My neighbor has Meyer Zoysia in his backyard, which was sodded a couple years ago and looks great. I picked the above three b/c Emerald and Zenith are the two sold locally and I heard Empire competes the best against Bermuda. Excellent Establishment 5. Zoysias continue growing to temperatures of 100 degrees F and, like other warm-season species, go dormant at temperatures less than 55 degrees F. Of all the warm-season grasses, zoysiagrasses and buffalograss survive the coldest winter temperatures, though considerable variation exists among varieties. My yard is mainly white bull clay. The county's water department had dug a hole there some 20 years ago, but they didn't fill it back in right, which lead to a big patch of weeds in the front yard zoysia. ... Emerald. Replied October 12, 2015, 3:59 PM EDT. It is well-suited for quality lawns where regular maintenance and care is provided. Auteck/Zoysiasod thanks for all the details and the great replies. Palisades. The nurseries and garden stores will sell retail amounts as small as one piece of sod. My head is starting to hurt. Next, we have Crown Zoysia. Anyone have experience with this method, or thoughts to add? Emerald Zoysia needs about 5 hours of sunlight per day. There are probably 30 different kinds of Zoysia. Today (a year and 2 months later), it has completely filled in with zoysia. Though they survived, and ones which did not were replaced by them.My price reasoning was to put in same or less amount of money, I may have had to put to seed and take care of any kind of fescue in one seasonHave been transplanting it in the backyard but it seems, I may have to do a serious search to find it close to Charlotte and cheaper like you did! So basically ZoysiaFarms is selling those 150 pieces of 1 inch by 1 inch plugs at 15 times the price of my local nursery [chuckle] :-). Low maintenance Low water use Tolerates low mowing Requires less fertilizer; can thatch if … Zeon supposedly produces less … It turned out to be one of the hardest projects of my life. I'd lay the sod out and keep in watered during the process. Of the nearly 40 cultivars of Zoysia available in the USA, not a single one was created through irradiation. To avoid thatching, very light fertilization once a year and that's it.We got it mailed from ZoysiaFarms. ... Zeon Zoysia: While Zeon Zoysia bears the Emerald resemblance and fine blade texture, it is much softer than its prickly counterpart. St. Augustine. According to zoysia.com they have stopped selling myers seed. Actually, if you call Andy, he may let you know of somewhere in your area (that's how I found out about Brier Chapel). I did move over 3 years ago. Maybe a few low plants on the edges with different textures - chicks & hens, mountain pinks (a low phlox). Thanks. It’s been a good choice for residential lawns, golf fairways, industrial parks, and sports fields. If they're in the shade much of the time they'll never look good. This study was about tall fescue, but they included a bluegrass cultivar for comparison. A comprehensive comparison between Bermuda & Zoysia turf types offered by Tifton Turf. Does anyone sell it. If you have solved your problems, I would be interested to know what you did. Anonymous Guest. They irradiated some common centipede to create mutations to see what would happen. I'm guessing by now you see I won't be doing anything without 'doing my homework' lol! So the circle plugs expanded in diameter by roughly 1 foot in Olathe and 2 feet in Manhattan. Meyer is a great grass for the south and north halves of the Transition Zone. And oh what a pleasure it is to mow! Bermuda. The kids loved it. How do Cavalier Zoysia grass and Emerald Zoysia grass compare to Palisades Zoysia and other grass varieties like St. Augustine grass? It is also very cold tolerant. Say you order 150 plugs, which is their smallest order amount. I will be ordering a delivery in late May or early June and would love to combine shipping. Emerald – A very fine-bladed variety that resemble a lush Tif 419 Bermuda lawn. Kind of hard to find a lot of positive feedback about it. I planted the plugs every 12 inches apart (every foot apart), and this Meyer Zoysia still filled that area completely in within 14 months--just a tad more than a year. Wish my bluegrass cultivars did that. It won’t take as much whereas St. Augustine or Palisades Zoysia, where they have those runners and they’ll grow into the flower beds. I was originally planning on seeding Compadre, but have learned that it has poor shade performance (roughly 15% of our lawn is moderate to full shade). They also supply to a new community (Brier Chapel) in Chapel Hill, if you're ever up that way. Don't listen to TW, he offers decent advise for people out in Texas growing Bermuda. You mentioned TifBlair Centipede. dpallas – posted 18 June 2007 16:52. It is very difficult to sort through all of the info out there on the growing number of Zoysia cultivars, and even more so when it comes to combining more than one of them! I would also do plugs more closely spaced than 2 ft - for sure. But there’s basically two families. That rules out almost every variety of Zoysia there is except Meyers aka Z-52. Zenith and Compadre can be grown from seed, but you have to wait until late May to early June at the earliest/latest. TW - Honestly, my original question of whether Compadre Zoysia is 'worth having' wasn't a rhetorical one. Both zoysia (Zoysia japonica) and Bermuda grass (Cynodon dactylon) are common lawn grasses in the United States, particularly in warmer areas such as Florida and the Gulf States. Weeds had been growing there for years too. As the Professor eluded to if you plant on 2-foot center, you are looking at 2 to 3 years to get it to fill in. It is impossible for a DIY or even a pro to till to a specified even depth, and even texture. Emerald zoysia is a fine-textured, dense-growing, dark … Will I be wasting my time for something that is "not desirable or worth having"? For Professionals. Please update us on what you decided to go with and how it worked out. Our summers are not long enough (for warm season grasses) and we cool off too fast in the Fall not to mention weed competition. Zoysia japonica: This particular species was introduced into the United States in the late 1800’s and is commonly called Japanese or Korean lawngrass. I may have watered it once or twice last year when it was too dry for many days. I don't like their price either. I've found a lot of info on these varieties, but nothing that gives a good side by side comparison. Sine winter kill is not an issue for you, Spring Green up is important. It is wellis suited for top- -quality lawns where a good maintenance program is provided. You might want to do some homework on Palisade Zoysia. Can anyone rank these three varieties (1 to 3 with 1 being "the best") in the following three categories: Drought tolerant, Shade tolerant, and Most like to fight off Bermuda grass? So I might know a thing or two about it. My office and test grounds are just north of Pure Seed Testing in Rolesville. . Both varieties are slightly wider in leaf width than Meyer Zoysia. Watch this video to learn how to use it and various ways to get the job done. The best method for stablishing a warm season grass is by Sod, seeding is highly discouraged. I like the fine-bladed Emerald and the thick turf. A comprehensive comparison between Bermuda & Zoysia turf types offered by Tifton Turf. #2. I would assume that if Palisades wouldn't be successful in our area, the professor would have mentioned it, given he's from here and knows exactly where I live. Zoysia Hybrid. The leaves of this grass are coarse in texture and are a light green in color. If I could get sprigs, I'd do my front yard that way -- Since I can't, I'm going to lay sod this spring. [I have it in my back yard due to shade, none in front . I know this is a dead thread, but I wanted to respond to one point made above, about Zoysia not being cold tolerant. I would buy enough to do 3" plugs 6-9" on center.Actually, his response was the first I had heard of plugging so far apart. In the cities of Mt. Instead of going to war with the kids, she made and placed intriguing mosaic stepping stones along their shortcut. Please feel free to call me if you have any additional questions? Palisades does have good shade tolerance as you mentioned. In my front yard, I planted 4 big pieces of sod to instantly wipe out a big weed patch there. Or you can go taller in the planter closer to the house, with a juniper spire or one of those space needle (?) If you buy sod in bulk from a sod farm, your price goes down even more. Finer-textured zoysiagrasses tend to have relatively low maximum heights, even though some still exhibit vigorous horizontal spread. In addition to its medium-coarse texture, it tolerates heat and withstands cold relatively well. Crown, Palisades, and Zeon Zoysia. If over fertilized Emerald zoysia will quickly develop excess thatch. Between the stepping stones and right-corner of sidewalk, she placed two or three medium-sized container into which she planted Sweet William, Alyssum, and red clover. But Palisades is by far our number two seller next to Zeon and Zeon’s right here. Palisades Zoysia is one of the most popular coarse-textured Zoysia grasses in the United States. Most experts do not recommend tilling especially on a sod forming grass like Zoysia that is maintained close cut and short. Not all will carry sod but some will. If you wouldn't mind, please let us know what your sod farms are selling. Emerald is a cross between Zoysia japonica and Zoysia matrella, it has a thin bladed leaf, and one of the slowest growth rates of the Zoysia family. Holly, NC... zip is 28120 if that helps. Seems to have some great attributes as well, and would quickly establish from plugs. When you till you bring up all those dormant seeds and give them everything they need to germinate. I like the idea of plugs or seed to save money and am willing to do the extra work. First introduced in 1955 by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station, Emerald Zoysia is a hybrid between Zoysia japonica and Zoysia tenuifolia. I’m planning on sodding 8000 ft of Emerald Zoysia because I grew up with this grass and loved it but I’ve been told I should consider Zeon. Holly and Charlotte, North Carolina, you're just inside the Transition Zone, one of several climate zones in the U.S. You're in the southern half of the Transition Zone, really close to the border of the Southern Climatic Zone, depending on how climate borders are drawn. Auteck - You're making this decision even harder! I have a few bare spots that I want to seed. Developed by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Kansas Agricultural Experiment Station, this cultivar features rapid establishment and recovery rates as well as superior turf quality compared to Meyer zoysiagrass. As far as shade tolerance, is Cavalier Zoysia the most … Its moderate growth rate, paired with both drought and shade tolerance, give you a beautiful green lawn that can withstand this region’s climate and varying tree canopies. Online, they were one of the cheaper options. Mt. Well I don't know about that, been a sod farmer for aver 30 years, longer than you have been alive, and have been growing Zoysia Sod commercially all that time. One shade-tolerant type known as Palisades, a type of zoysia japonica, performs well in shade and also offers good winter hardiness. And there are probably local lawn and gardening clubs that will have knowledgeable people you can ask. Zorro, propagated from a clone of one Z. matrella seedling, was … … Note that in full shade and some wet soils, expect the zoysiagrass to get Large Patch disease. Zenith & Compadre Zoysia can provide a better quality turf than Meyer and basically about the same quality as … Rapid Re-growth with Few Seed Heads 6. The end result is yard with a bumper crop of weeds because the Zoysia is difficult and slow to germinate and get going. #3. If not, I have but one idea, and I bring it to you from an elderly (now deceased) friend who had the problem of kids cutting across the lawn of her corner lot. Unfortunately it looks like the most cold tolerant cultivars (Zenith, Meyer, and Compadre) are also some of the worst performing in shade. Do you know if TifBlair Centipede would do well in this area? Pull zoysiagrass in some shade and keep the ground moist and large patch will be there by year 2. Some pluses would include:*early green up (and late dormancy)*good traffic tolerance (we have two dogs, and yes I've researched the pee problem)*good shade tolerance*not too intrusive (into neighbor's fescue lawn, etc). Many factors--genetic, environmental and cultural--affect turfgrass growth and development. If link doesn't work, just search for "Compadre Zoysia" on youtube and you will find his vids (three parts). These grasses will not do that. Slightly wider in leaf width than Meyer Zoysia. Thanks! The more opinions, the better, right. Nothing died, not even the 3 x 3 inch plugs. Cavalier … I understand the 'perfect' grass doesn't exist. Yes, it browns out in the winter, but it has grown and taken over ugly vines I had growing in my yard. 03-30-2011, … Autek gave you some very good advice. Fine bladed zoysia grasses (Emerald Zoysia) are more shade tolerant than the medium bladed varieties of zoysia (Palisades Zoysia). (40 inches by 20 inches is a piece of sod over 3 feet long and almost 2 feet wide.). The Seeds Of Zenith & Compadre Zoysia Grass. ( Note: we now carry the thinner-bladed Emerald Zoysia grass and the Cavalier Zoysia grass .) I think in places that Meyer must have spread about a foot in one year. Question is, how? John: Cavalier Zoysia will do that more than Emerald Zoysia. Compadre and Chinese Common are also sold as seeds in the USA, but the sodded zoysias look better, according to what I've read. An arborist can tell you which trees will eventually get too big, which might cause problems with your water/sewer lines, which are healthy and which are not. ok, was there additional questions I didn't answer?? Plugs will have a better chance of surviving if they're at least 2 X 2 inches and preferrably 3 X 3 inches. Texas Weed which variety of Zoysia do you recommend for Wichita Falls? tolerance, descriptions and a host of other data. It may over years push out Compadre but probably not completely and you would have nothing you could spray to complete the transition the way we can spray out tall fescue after plugging in zoysiagrass. It (seeding) can be done, as my reference to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87gICFMkcDA (or click link below this posting) in an earlier posting shows. • Zoysia tolerates more traffic than other grasses and so is great for recreation areas on the lawn. You also asked about shade tolerance. In NC you want to use the most cold tolerant cultivars, Zenith, Meyer, or Compadre (former Companion) of the three, Meyer is the most cold tolerant, medium green during the summer, dense in full sun, thin in medium shade, and brown/dormant for 5 to 6 months depending on how long the summer is. Palisades Zoysia: Sunnyvale trusts this Zoysia species because of its tolerance to low light conditions, rapid recuperative ability, and little water use. I thus far have chosen seeded Compadre because of the cost savings over Sod, the quicker results over plugs, and positive attributes I've seen from multiple University studies. In any case... uggh... decisions, decisions. Emerald Zoysia vs Zeon Zoysia. The kids, in turn, began to offer help in weeding out of "their" container gardens. A big stationary island of weeds floating in an ocean of zoysia. El Toro Zoysia is even faster. I paid special attention to a 30 or 40 square foot section of the old vegetable garden. Meyer Zoysia Palisades Zoysia improved shade tolerance. Quote from their web site: "Each plug is a piece of Zoysia sod that measures 1" square" [that's 1 inch square]. a Zoysia that stands up to traffic means it recovers (grows) more quickly, which would by definition mean it would be more intrusive and higher maintenance. I figure El Toro planted on 2 feet centers will take 2 years to cover. Who listens to who is not for you to decide now is it? The 40 inch by 20 inch piece of sod is 800 square inches for just $5.800 square inches is more than 5 times the size of the 150 square inches that ZoysiaFarms sells for $14.95. Like Palisades, Cavalier requires less water and fertilizer while having comparable shade tolerance and producing a thicker turf than St. Augustine. A few reasons you may not want to add this type of grass to your yard is that it has less winter hardiness, can develop excess thatch quickly if over-fertilized and is vulnerable to brown patch. lol! On the lawn side, between the stepping stones and the house, she placed a park bench and had a cement umbrella "port" installed (a handy neighbor did it for nothing) to create shade in the warmer months. I see in some of the university studies that it has many great attributes, but I do question shade tolerance and (since reading your post) the quality of the grass itself. Palisades is the most popular according to these people but I like the thin soft blades. Released in the 1950s, Emerald Zoysia quickly became a popular turfgrass variety. It has drought tolerance, just not as much as zoysia. Interviewer: Okay. If you have questions about any of our grass varieties or the right grass for your project, please call our office at 281-431-7441. I can't tell where the plugs were planted anymore. Palisades would likely be 3. However, your location in the Transition Zone is really close to the Southern Zone, so it would be interesting to hear if Empire is one of the varieties sold on your sod farms. I think you would always see the plugs in the seeded areas. Emerald zoysia has less winter hardiness, but … That's pretty good!...we could not find zoysia around here. Call to Order; 770-271-9500; Home; Sod; Our Services; Who We Help. People say zoysia is slow, but I'm very happy with the spreading speed of Meyer Zoysia. Compadre (Companion) can be established from seed or sod. I'd assume covering with a frost blanket to help retain moisture would help as well. Legacy post . We live in Temecula and have EasyTurf in our backyard. and I see at least 20 lawns a year with the same problem], Here is a link that might be useful: planting compadre see in maryland. With good shade … I ripped up quite a bit by hand, before finally giving up and plugging the last 20%. Some folks may object to this rather unnatural process, while others may not. For example, a 40 inch by 20 inch piece of zoysia sod from a local nursery near me costs just $5. Not sure what you have read about it, but look around for 3rd parties and actual users. At that web site you mentioned, you're paying 15 times the going rate for zoysia and for sub-par sized plugs. Our Cavalier Zoysia grass provides you with a thick, fine-textured lawn with a dark green color. The varities that green up the soonest are: El Torro, any of the Japaonica varieties (Meyer, Zenith, Compadre), Emerald, and Bellaire. Not all of which I think will actually grow well here and they honestly didn't seem very knowledgeable... or possibly I just happen to catch the 3 separate employees that didn't know anything about grass... which is what lead me to this forum. 1) How would Palisades and Compadre look together? My project would be somewhat like "RepoBrain" on youtube, linked at the bottom of this. If was breed and marketed to compete with Saint Augustine grass markets in the Gulf Coast States. No Comments. I live in Mebane and have red clay soil that I will amend after the current fescue and weeds are killed and removed. If it were me I would pass. It grows rapidly, with a dense growth habit, and tolerates light shade. They both are very similar when viewed "visually". If you want to see the grass first hand, the farm where they grow Palisades is in Cheraw, SC. If you need amendments your contractor with the box blade can do that. • It’s also more cold tolerant than other grasses. One thing about TifBlair is it was created in the laboratory through the use of radiation. Texas Weed, or ZoysiaSod, or any other that would like to chime in on this... Is the above comment from TW on the seeded varieties of Zoysia something that is agreed on? Any thoughts on using JaMur Zoysia in the Triad NC region by the way? Emerald zoysia is dark green with fine leaf texture, high shoot density and a low growth habit. I assume Palisades would dominate the shadier areas (I won't even bother seeding Compadre in those areas). I would not worry much about the cold tolerance of Zenith, for sure. Even hybrid Emerald Zoysia was created through natural plant breeding--no radiation zapping. If you do the tilling andamending part of your last paragraph, you will have more success with a mixture of Fescue and Bluegrass than with any Zoysia (around here). • At the same time, zoysia’s need for watering is far less than other types of grasses. Why did you mention those particular 3 varieties? 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