Answer: Zoysia is a turfgrass capable of surviving severe winters, hot summers and erratic rainfall. It is desirable because it can tolerate as much shade as St. Augustine and as much drought as Bermuda grass. The grass is also disease resistant and traffic tolerant. It grows slowly (it takes two years for a lawn plugged with Zoysia to fill in) so the recommended establishment procedure is to use solid sod. The two Zoysia varieties most available are Meyer and Emerald. Zoysia grass is slow growing and performs best when mowed every week. A reel-type mower is favored but not necessary if the lawn is mowed frequently (weekly). Plugs are 1" to 2" squares cut from Zoysia grass sod. These can be planted in a prepared planting bed from 6" to 12" apart. Plugs allow you to economically cover your yard area for much less than solid sod. Because Zoysia grass is a slow grower you will wait two years or more for a fully grown-in lawn, depending on growing conditions in your area. As long as the grass is deep rooted, it will use a minimum amount of water. To encourage deep rooting, water deeply once each week. Best wishes with your new lawn!
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