Where can I buy zoysia grass in California?
Just google "where to buy zoysia grass," and you should get several sources.
What would cause black spots approx. 3x7 inches in size in patches on a zoysia lawn? The spots are not connected to each other and the grass in the center is dead, but the roots appear to be alive. Thanks for any help you can offer.
You may have slime mold. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/black-substance-on-lawns.htm
Could you please tell me whether Zoysia grass is safe for horses to eat? A friend of mine has two horses and is considering purchasing a 3 acre parcel of property. One half of the pasture is planted in Zoysia grass. We would like to know whether it is safe for the horses. Thank you.
Zoysia has quite a few weaknesses as a pasture plant. While, it may be tough enough to tolerate harsh conditions and heavy traffic, making it good for lawns, it isn't very tasty or good for horses. The grass produces mildly toxic substances, which are meant to repel pests, but can irritate horses. Therefore, it may be best to steer clear of zoysia grass for use in a pasture.
A local gardening crew made a mistake and fertilized my lawn, which is zoysia grass. Will it cause any damage? I was unaware they were putting down fertilizer until I had walked outside to hang clothes on the line. The work order was for my address, which I said was a mistake. I told him this is zoysia grass; he said it is just fertilizer. My question is, will it do any damage? Thank you.
Zoysia is pretty hardy. It should not affect the lawn at all.
I have six acres in middle Tennessee. Pretty typical mix of weeds and grass. I was ready to plant zoysia grass, at least up near the house, to crowd out some of the weeds and maybe have a decent looking lawn. I read your article on how invasive zoysia is and wondered about alternatives. I didn't know if the zoysia would kill any hostas, peonies, hydrangeas, etc. that I have planted randomly in the yard. I have a small area that I have planted with different kinds of ground covers (lemon thyme and such) that is doing well. Suggestions? Don't mind mowing and am open to anything.
Zoysia is invasive but in a yard like yours it would be a good option. It won't kill plants larger than itself, so plants like hostas and the like will be fine. It does like to get into flower beds and ground covers, so you would need to make sure you had borders around those places and edge them yearly to keep it from getting in.
Really, any grass that is good for large areas because it spreads well has this same issue. They spread well and stay lush because they are aggressive plants. Bermuda grass is another good option.
I understand that there is a newer strain of zoysia grass that is more shade tolerant than other strains. If so, can you please give me the name of the zoysia strain and where it can be found.
I am not sure if they are new, but take a look at Zeon and El Toro zoysia. They are considered the most shade tolerant.
I have some large and some small patches of zoysia grass that turn brown in the fall. This looks bad with the rest of the nice green grass I have. How do I get rid of this bad looking grass? Thanks.
This is standard behavior for zoysia and is the reason it is not used much in areas that get cold. The brown patches are where the grass is going dormant when the weather starts to get colder. The green grass is likely not zoysia, but another type of grass. Sometimes, in colder areas, zoysia is mixed with a grass that does not go dormant so that the lawn still looks nice in the fall and winter. But, over time, the two grasses compete and push each other out, so in some areas you will get patches of the non-dormant grass and in others patches of zoysia.
You can try overseeding with another kind of grass in the spring, but eventually the two grasses will go back to patches. Other than that, there is no way to keep the zoysia from browning in the fall if you live somewhere where it gets cold.