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Old 05-19-2012, 12:34 AM
 
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The type of grass used here actually doesn't grow that tall or that fast.
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The way lawns should be!!
Maybe someone should market that to the mainland!
To answer all your questions:

It's zoysia grass, very common in Japanese-owned or previously-owned homes here.

It still takes a lot of work (and expensive reel mowers).

Probably because it's not frost tolerant.

I don't think the quick drainage explains slow growing grass. Zoysia will grow tall (6-8 inches) and natty or thin if not kept short and dense (see first image on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoysia).

Now for my question: who spends so much time on Google maps street view that they notice the lawns?

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Old 05-19-2012, 12:36 AM
 
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That's a relief! We have flash floods here, they are horrid, and I lost a car to flooding where I lived previously. Both places, it takes a long time to drain.

Fascinating, it certainly gives me a no new perspective on grass in the Puna/Hilo side.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Macao
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Originally Posted by KauaiHiker View Post
To answer all your questions:

It's zoysia grass, very common in Japanese-owned or previously-owned homes here.

It still takes a lot of work (and expensive reel mowers).

Probably because it's not frost tolerant.

I don't think the quick drainage explains slow growing grass. Zoysia will grow tall (6-8 inches) and natty or thin if not kept short and dense (see first image on Zoysia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).

Now for my question: who spends so much time on Google maps street view that they notice the lawns?
ZOYSIA GRASS...learning something new everyday.

Interesting it's not frost tolerant. The grass DOES seem different in Japan, however most of Japan does get frost in the winter. Perhaps it's origins are from Okinawa, or some parts of Kyushu that don't get frost, for whatever reason.

Regarding people on google maps...I'm on google maps right now!! I love all types of maps anyways...so gravitated fairly quickly to google maps...
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Old 05-19-2012, 06:18 AM
 
Location: Hilo, not Key West, despite what lying stalkers post
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Maps and charts are indeed fascinating. However, I've never been able to zoom in closely enough to see grass heights.

In your opening post, you wonder about not many opportunities to cut grass. Rain just doesn't seem to stop the lawn men, ours was cut this week during a solid day of rain.
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Old 06-26-2012, 11:56 PM
 
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The grass we had grew more sideways than straight up, so it didn't need to be mowed that often. We did, however, have to pull it out of areas we didn't want it to go. As far as it being too wet...it usually dried out quickly. We had an area that needed lawn and so we just took pieces/strands of the other lawn in our yard and buried one end under the soil. In no time at all we had a whole new lawn for free and it was really nice. Overall, it was pretty easy to take care of.
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Old 07-03-2012, 02:57 AM
 
Location: Moku Nui, Hawaii
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If the grass was moving sideways, it might have been "centipede" grass. That's another nice choice for a low growing lawn.

There are several varieties of zoysia, too. We've had one which was a really dark green and about six to eight inches tall called "dragon's beard". That was a nice grass and we still have it tucked around here and there. It was originally tucked between the rocks on a dry stacked rock wall and made the whole wall nice and green. There is also another type of zoysia which is much smaller - about two inches tall - and has a much finer blade and is a much lighter color. Dunno what it's name is, though.

Generally, folks in Hawaii aren't as fussy about their lawns as similar sorts of folks on the mainland, at least, from what I've noticed. It might be that lawns around here are always green and always need mowing so being fussy about them being perfect would be way too much work.
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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We planted El Toro Zoysia in our yard near South Point. It's drought tolerant (no irrigation system) and doesn't need much cutting. Of course, it's only in a small part of our yard. The rest is pineapple plants and mango trees and banana trees and a vegetable garden........
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Old 07-18-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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If you like green, never complain about rain
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