11 Clarifications On Zoysia Grass Vs Bermuda – Zoysia Grass Vs Bermuda
Published Saturday, March 22, 2008
Tuesday’s Garden Q&A on zoysia grass seems to accept generated added questions than answers. Let’s see if we can align things out.
The catechism airish was whether zoysia grass would crave beneath aliment than an absolute bahia grass lawn.
Keep in apperception there is no absolute grass. There are advantages and disadvantages to every grass. Zoysia grass has a actual close advance habit, which makes it added difficult for weeds to become established. Bahia grass, on the added hand, is added accessible and accordingly weeds can become added of a problem.
Both bahia grass and zoysia grass are aridity tolerant. Of the grasses buried in our area, St. Augustine grass has the atomic aridity tolerance, due to a abridgement of below-ground stems alleged rhizomes, which accommodate for regrowth afterward stress. Bahia, Bermuda and zoysia all accept rhizomes.
Most of the zoysia grass varieties are vegetatively broadcast and are usually buried by sod or plugs. Zoysia japonica, the exception, can be buried from seed. Although it has a bigger brand brand than St. Augustine, it still doesn’t aftermath the fine-textured grass that best bodies prefer. Instead, it is coarsely textured.
Two affidavit zoysia grass was not broadly developed in Florida above-mentioned to 2000 was because of apathetic advance amount and susceptibility to nematodes. This has afflicted with the new releases. Two of the newer varieties on the bazaar are Empire (released in 2000) and UltimateFlora.
Empire is recommended for brilliant locations with a minimum of six to seven hours of sun breadth nematodes are about not a problem. UltimateFlora is a University of Florida absolution marketed by Environmental Turf. It has a hardly bigger arrangement than Empire and establishes added bound alongside than the earlier zoysia varieties. Both of these varieties are actuality acclimated in our breadth with success, and they aftermath a bigger textured accommodation appropriate of Northern lawns.
Zoysia grass has about the aforementioned mowing abundance as St. Augustine grass and has agnate or hardly bargain fertilizer requirements. Zoysia grass should be mowed 2 inches aerial (no higher, no lower) to abstain beard accretion and can be mowed with a rotary mower. Zoysia is a coarsely textured grass, so accomplish abiding the backyard mower brand is kept sharp. Only the cautiously textured breed crave the use of a reel mower.
Fertility levels are about the aforementioned as St. Augustine grass. Under the new Florida accommodation rules, the anniversary nitrogen amount per 1,000 aboveboard anxiety in North Florida for the earlier varieties of zoysia grass is 3 to 5 pounds vs. 2 to 4 pounds for St. Augustine grass. The newer varieties, such as Empire and UltimateFlora, crave hardly lower rates. Zoysia grass greens up after in the division than St. Augustine and efforts to add added fertilizer to acceleration up this action does not help. Be patient. Potassium leaches readily from Florida’s albino soils, so potassium is appropriate for all our lawns. A fertilizer that has according or abreast according ratios of nitrogen and potassium would be adopted for all Florida lawns.
Thatch buildup, billbugs and ample application ache (brown patch) are problems on all zoysia grass. But at atomic it doesn’t get chinch bugs like St. Augustine grass does. Beard accretion can be minimized by mowing at 2 inches, removing no added than one-third of the acme at anniversary cut, and agriculture properly. Remember, there are assets and minuses to every grass selection.
The adventure is still on for the absolute grass and breeders are consistently testing new releases to acquisition one that is beneath aliment and requires beneath baptize and fertilizer. For added advice on backyard choices and maintenance, go to turf.ufl.edu/.
Terry Brite DelValle is a agronomical addendum abettor with the University of Florida and the burghal of Jacksonville.
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