Why Pick Palisades Zoysia Grass for Your Next Lawn Project?
Call 281-431-7441. When people see the sample plots of grass at our office in Arcola, they almost always head for the Palisades Zoysia grass plot first. Why is that and what are the advantages and disadvantages of Palisades Zoysia grass for your Houston area project? Houston Grass Owner Michael Romine answers those questions in this video.
We also sell Cavalier Zoysia grass and Emerald Zoysia grass, which combine shade tolerance with a beautiful dark-green color and a dense, fine-bladed appearance. Any variety of Zoysia grass will make your lawn the best in your neighborhood.
Summary of Michael’s Palisades Zoysia Grass Video
Here we are in our plot of Palisades Zoysia grass. We’re looking at getting some of the thinner bladed Zoysia grass, but Palisades is the thicker bladed Zoysia. (Note: we now carry the thinner-bladed Emerald Zoysia grass and the Cavalier Zoysia grass.) There are probably 30 different kinds of Zoysia. But there’s basically two families. There’s the thinner blade family and the thicker blade family.
Why Pick Palisades Zoysia Grass?
The Palisades Zoysia grass seems to do real well with homeowners. The thing about the Palisades Zoysia is that when people pull up to our office, that’s the plot of grass they check out first. I’m not sure whether it’s because it’s the most aesthetically pleasing or it just looks different, but I have to say that the Palisades Zoysia grass plot is usually the first one that they walk over to. It’s probably the one everyone would drive away with if it wasn’t more expensive than the St. Augustine grasses.
Note: Zoysia is more expensive because of its slow growth habit. The same field that yields two crops of St. Augustine or Bermuda grass each year can only produce one crop of Zoysia grass.
So I guess that’s really the only drawback to the Zoysia grass that I see. People who move to Texas from the more Northern states like the Zoysia grasses because its growing habit looks more like they’re used to. Instead of having runners like the Bermuda grasses, it grows straight up. I guess the coarseness and density and everything look a lot more like those cool-season grasses like Kentucky Bluegrass and fescue.
It’s probably the nicest grass to walk on. The blades themselves have a lot of give and it’s real thick and definitely has that carpet like feel. You leave those footprints in it when you walk across it. You can mow it as short as you want. Of course the shorter you want to keep it the more frequently you have to mow it and add more water and more fertilizer. That goes for most of these grasses that we have out here.
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Palisades Zoysia Has Good Traffic Tolerance
The Palisades Zoysia grass has really good traffic tolerance. I think it’s mainly due to the fact that it’s so dense. It’s not something that they use out on sports fields because it grows real slowly. So if divots are taken out of it, the Zoysia grass is going to grow back slowly.
Palisades Zoysia Grass May Not Need to be Mowed as Frequently
One thing that should be noted about Palisades Zoysia and all Zoysias that we have is that it’s got a really slow growth habit. So we recommend mowing grass twice a week to make them look their best. It wouldn’t hurt to mow the Zoysia twice a week, but you certainly can get by with once every seven days. I’ve got all these grasses planted out here side by side in our sample plots at the office. The Zoysia certainly grows slower than the rest of them.
Watering and Fertilization Requirements Are Similar
It’s watering requirements I would say are about the same as the rest of our grass varieties which is one inch of water per week during the growing season. We tell everybody to water twice a week. If you’re not getting one inch of water per week from the sky, you should make up the deficit with your sprinkler. Usually it takes two waterings of about two hours each out of a hose to put out an inch with average water pressure.
Ideally you would water the day after you mow your lawn, or as soon as you mow your lawn you water and then three or four days later do it again. Of course you would adjust your schedule if you get help from Mother Nature.
Fertilization requirements are about like the St. Augustine. Two to three times a year with the fertilizer is usually ample fertilization.
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