Growing Zoysia in the Mid-Atlantic
There are many intimidating factors when considering re-sodding your yard. We all want to have one of those lush, deep green lawns with the perfect mow pattern to spark up some friendly competition with Bob next door, who always has the perfect lawn... Thanks a lot, Bob. But in today’s hectic lifestyle, it’s difficult to find time to even brush your teeth in the morning... So how would you ever have the time to consistently water, fertilize, and deal with the necessary upkeep a beautiful lawn requires? In your desperate search to find both an attractive AND low-maintenance option, you may have come across the term ‘Zoysia’ grass, only to immediately scratch that possibility when discovering it isn’t grown in areas such as Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware...
A common misconception...
A common misconception of zoysiagrass is that it only prospers in southern coastal geographic areas of the United States. Traditionally this is true, zoysia loves the heat of the summer and can be found mostly in dry, hot, and sandy states – Think beach homes and vacation properties – Reason being that warm season lawns require much less maintenance with the only drawback of turning completely brown for half of the year. Traditional zoysia has not commonly been found in the Northern regions because of its intolerance to cold temperatures, making it susceptible to ‘winter-kill.’
Fortunately over the past few years, new varieties of this hardy, drought-resistant grass have been specifically bred for improved cold tolerance. This allows zoysia to be able to flourish in the mid-Atlantic, as well as Northeastern regions of the country. Here at Central Sod, we have taken advantage of these newly available superior blends. We now grow Zenith® Zoysia, which is specifically developed to not only maintain all of the beloved traditional qualities this warm-season grass has to offer, but can also fair the cooler seasonal temperatures you will find in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
- Reduced weed chemical requirement
- Quick self-repair of damaged areas
- Great drought tolerance once established
- Slower vertical growth, decreased mowing frequency
- Great wear tolerance
- Superior cold tolerance compared to other Zoysia blends
We’ve had great success growing Zenith Zoysia on our farms in Maryland, and consumer demand from the surrounding area has been steadily increasing. Our customers have found that not only does Zenith Zoysia look beautiful with its emerald green color and thick texture, but also requires minimal irrigation and mowing. It’s a win-win.
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