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Old 04-18-2015, 11:42 AM
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Has anyone in MD or a similar Mid Atlantic location used Zoysia for a lawn grass?

What can you tell me?
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Old 04-18-2015, 12:28 PM
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zoysia vs. tall fescue (Maryland)
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:24 PM
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My next-door neighbor has zoysia, and it invaded my yard to the point that it took over the fescue all the way to my sidewalk. Therefore, 25% of my yard is zoysia, while the other 75% is fescue/bluegrass/perennial rye grass mix. I HATE the zoysia; it is AWFUL

~~ Zoysia is supposed to be weed-free, or at least weed-resistant. The zoysia in my yard and my neighbor's yard is FULL of weeds. It never formed that "mat" zoysia is supposed to form, so it is completely full of wild onions, chickweed, henbit, spurge, plantain, and oxalis. It is horrible. I hate it.

~~ Zoysia is supposed to be green from about April to October. It isn't. It is green from mid-to-late May until October. Therefore, for seven months of the year, it looks like garbage. I hate it.

~~ Zoysia grows in a way that it looks terrible on the edges. I hate it.

I WANT to pull up all the zoysia that has invaded my yard all the way to my sidewalk, but I am afraid it will just slowly take over again. It is one annoying, ugly grass.

By the way, I am in the DC area, so probably similar to you in terms of zone and care.
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:42 PM
Location: NC
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I knew someone in SE PA who had a Zoysia lawn that came with the house he bought. He said it was fine, grew well, but--it was dormant way longer than the more normally grown lawns there. So in the spring, while everyone else was experiencing a nice green lawn, the zoysia lawn was this light buff-tan color, for maybe a month longer than the others. Just seemed strange. Of course the few weeds that might have sprung up in it would have been bright green and very obvious.
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Old 04-19-2015, 08:51 AM
Location: North West Arkansas (zone 6b)
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zoysia is certainly more of a warm season grass. If I remember correctly, it is related to bermuda but slower growing.

The ads for zoysia in all the magazines seem so compelling that people from all zones want to get it for their lawns.

In my area, zoysia is recommended for partial shaded areas.

The grass grows by runners just like bermuda and those runners make for very untidy edges unless you clean them up with a string trimmer or edger. The grass goes dormant when temperatures fall below 50 so if you get cool springs, expect a long green up period.

Excessive weeds might point to the lawn not growing thickly enough to choke out the weeds. Get a soil test to see if something else is causing problems with the lawn health and review your maintenance routine.
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