Spring and summer are coming. It’s a good idea to think ahead about the future of your home. What do you want your lawn and landscape to look like this year? Perhaps you might be interested in planting some zoysia grass to replace your old sod. Here is a better look at some of the fundamentals you should research.
Before we continue, here is a rundown of what you need to know:
- It’s a warm-season grass, but it is tolerant of cold weather as well.
- It prefers to be in the sun, but it can also relax in the shade as long as it isn’t too dark.
- It works for southern and transition zones which means it’s great for Delaware and Maryland homeowners to use.
- It can also withstand heat and drought which is fantastic for hot and dry summers.
- Plus, as the weather warms up, you will probably want to spend more time gardening and working with mulch and sod. This grass is dense enough to be tolerant of high foot traffic.
Zoysia grass came from Asia before it was transplanted to North America. It has been on our soil since 1895. Late spring and summer temperatures cause it to thrive. It will also grow back year-after-year provided it is in a climate that suits it.
If you should live in what is known as the transition zone, you will find that Zoysia grass is even more beneficial. That’s because these areas can be too humid for Kentucky bluegrass and too chilly for bermudagrass.
Let’s now turn our attention to some of its most intriguing aspects. It can grow from sod or seeds of grass. Crossbred varieties can withstand colder temperatures but are much easier to grow and nurture. Although it tends to grow more slowly, this property allows it to become thick enough to prevent weed intrusion. It looks light-to-medium green but like many other kinds of grass, it will start to wilt and turn brown once winter sets in again. Once spring returns, this grass begins perking up much faster than its counterparts. However, it can be overseeded with ryegrass to help improve its endurance as winter winds down. There is definitely something to be said about that! Remember that you should give it as much sunlight as you can, although it doesn’t mind some shade when it happens.
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