Zoysia is a type of lawngrass becoming more popular in Florida lawns. It's dark green, and shorter and finer textured than St. Augustinegrass.
Zoysiagrass is adapted to a variety of soils and can have good tolerance to shade, salt, and traffic. It provides a dense, attractive turf. New varieties are being developed for Florida lawns. These grasses grow more slowly and at a lower height than other southern lawngrasses, giving them a thicker, more manicured look.
They require about the same amount of water as other grasses to remain green and healthy, but may need less fertilizer.
Zoysia is a suitable lawngrass for all areas of Florida, and it's typically planted using sod or plugs. There are a few disadvantages, including a slow growth rate and a tendency to produce thatch.
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