Zoysia grass is considered a low maintenance turf that grows nicely in Austin and Central Texas. Its high tolerance to heat and it's ability to effeciently store water makes this type of grass a popular choice for Austin residents. Zoysia grass has a very deep root system, allowing it to grow during drought stress and low rain periods. This species of grass will often turn a light brown after the first hard frost of the winter season, but is among the first warm season grasses to green up in the spring.
- Zoysia grass is extremely drought tolerant
- Has a very deep root system
- Responds quickly to deep watering
- Turns brownish during winter season
- Quickly turns green in heat season
- Best for low-traffic areas
- White grubs are main irritant
- Slow growth rate
Zoysia grass can be planted from seed, but the hybrids are sterile; therefore, hybrids must be sodded. This species usually requires between 1 to 3 inches of watering per week if in full sun. Overall, it is relatively free of fungus and common pest problems.
The best time to apply fertilizer is May 1, June 1 and September 1. Most 10-10-10 or 10-6-4 fertilizers will contain soluble sources of nitrogen.