The Q&A Archives: Zoysia grass

Question: Where might I buy some zoysia plugs? If I cannot but them, then what do you know about making my own plugs from the existing zoysia in my yard?

Answer: Are you sure it is Zoysia that you have? It really is best grown in the south or mid-south. New Jersey seems a bit "northern" for this variety of grass. If you have it growing already, is it acceptable in the fall and early spring? Anyone I know that has tried it in your area has had poor success with this grass. <br><br> Allow me to quote from the Cooperative Extension Service(Univ. of Connecticut) "Lawn seed and seed mixtures".<br><br>"Zoysia has been widely advertised as the grass to end all lawn problems. This is not true in Connecticut.<br><br>"Zoysia is a low-growing, warm-season perennial that spreads by creeping rootstalks. It forms a dense, close-woven sod that is resistant to weeds and rough usage. It is drought resistant and grows on a wide range of soil conditions.<br><br>"The primary objection to Zoysia is that it turns straw-colored with the first frost in the fall and does not green-up until about mid May, the following spring. Zoysia, moreover, developsa heavy thatch that periodically has to be removed. It also persistently encroaches on neighboring lawns and garden areas. For these reasons Zoysia is not recommended for lawns in Connecticut."<br><br>Having said that, plugs can be taken by using abulb planter. Remove a "bulb" plug from the area where you want to plant the Zoysia; do the same with a plug of Zoysia; put the Zoysia in the empty hole and replant the removed plug where you took out the Zoysia. Keep it well watered and "stand back"! <br><br>You can also contact Zoysia Plant Farms 3617 Old Taneytown RD Taneytown, MD 21787.

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