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 South Owner Michael Romine answers those questions in this video.
For 2017, we also sell Emerald Zoysia grass, which has a beautiful dark-green color and a dense, fine-bladed appearance. Either variety of Zoysia grass will make your lawn the best in your neighborhood.
Here’s a summary of Michael’s Palisades Zoysia grass video.
Here we are in our plot of Palisades Zoysia grass. Palisades is the only Zoysia that we carry for the time being. 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.) 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 Zoysia here is that when people pull up to our office here we’ve got all these plots of grass out here. And whether it’s because it’s the most aesthetically pleasing or it just looks different I have to say that Palisades Zoysia grass plot is usually the first one that they walk over to. It’s, I don’t know probably the one everyone would drive away with if it wasn’t as expensive as it is.
It is more expensive than some of the other grasses out here too. So I guess that’s really the only drawback to the Zoysia grass that I see. People who move from the more Northern states. The more temperate climates and whatnot I guess they like the Zoysia grass because it’s growing habit looks more like they’re used to. As opposed to having runners and things like the Bermuda grasses and what not it grows straight up and I guess the coarseness and density and everything look a lot more like those grasses.
It’s probably the nicest one 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.
Palisades Zoysia Has Good Traffic Tolerance
The Palisades Zoysia grass has really good traffic tolerance. I think it’s probably mainly due to the fact that it’s so dense. It’s not something that they use out on sports fields cause it grows real slowly. So if divots and stuff are taking out of it or cleat marks, it’s going to grow back slowly. But it’s got the same look and what not or closer look to the Bermuda grasses but again it’s got that good traffic tolerance, as well as drought tolerance.
And it’s also got quite good shade tolerance. I would equate it to almost the Palmetto St. Augustine. That three to four hours of direct sunlight rule. As opposed to the Bermuda grass it needs a 100% sunlight all day long. And the St. Augustine’s like the Raleigh St. Augustine that takes like six or seven hours of direct sunlight per day. The Zoysia grasses can subsist on a little bit less sunlight than the rest of it.
Palisades Zoysia Grass May Not Need to be Mowed as Frequently
One thing that should be noted about Palisades Zoysia and all Zoysia’s but Palisades in particular here that we have is that it’s got a really slow growth habit. So whereas you’re talking about mowing a lot of these grasses, 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. And the Zoysia certainly grows slower than the rest of them.
Watering and Fertilization Requirements Are Similar
So if that’s got appeal to you which it does to a lot of homeowners that’s something to keep in mind. It’s watering requirements I would say are about the same as the rest of these. We tell everybody water twice a week. If it’s not falling out of the sky in the form of rain. If you’re not getting one inch of water per week you need to give that. Usually out of a hose. It takes two waterings about two hours puts out half an inch with I would say average water pressure. So you water twice a week for two hours each. Say like Saturday and Wednesday or ideally you would the day after you mow your lawn or as soon as you mow your lawn you water and then three or four days later follow it up. If you’re not getting any rain at all. And not getting any help from Mother Nature there. So two half inch waterings a week is what we normally recommend.
Fertilization like I mentioned over here where the Bermuda grasses need quite a bit more, I would equate this to about the St. Augustine. Two to three times a year with the fertilizer is usually ample fertilization. For the Zoysia’s which is like I said about the same as the St. Augustine’s here. If you want something that looks a little bit different then the Bermuda’s or you’ve got a little bit too much shade and can’t do Bermuda but you don’t like the coarseness or whatever of some of the St. Augustine’s. And you have maybe a smaller area or you’re willing to pay a little bit more for it, the Palisades Zoysia could be a good alternative for your yard.
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