The Q&A Archives: grass problems

Question: I have tried everything to have a nice thick soft grass. My rear property is sloped about 30 degrees on one side. I've tried Rebel Exceeda, fescue sod, bermuda sod, 2 types of Zoysia. The one type of Zoysia did great last year, it was a tall blade type that was thick and I like best. Do you now the name of this type? I fertilize accordingly, air/rate, spread seed, but never totally satisfied

Answer: There are 3 varieties of zoysia that perform well in Georgia, but I'm not sure which you like best. Maybe these descriptions will help you determine which one is the best performer in your landscape:

Meyer zoysia, also called "Z-52," is an improved selection of Zoysia japonica. It has medium leaf texture, good cold tolerance, and spreads more rapidly than the other zoysiagrasses.

Emerald zoysia is a hybrid between Zoysia japonica and Zoysia tenuifolia that was developed in Beltsville, MD. It has a dark green color, a very fine leaf texture, good shade tolerance, high shoot density, and a low growth habit. After this grass has been mowed, new growth originates largely from the base of the plant, rather than from the branches, thereby leaving very few exposed brown stems.

?El Toro? is a relatively new zoysia that was developed in California. It is more coarse than 'Meyer'. 'El Toro' is a fast-growing zoysia, tolerates mowing with a rotary mower, and produces less thatch than 'Meyer'.

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