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Best Time To Plant Zoysia Seed Or Plugs

Zoysia seed should be planted in late spring / early summer after soil temperatures are 70+ degrees (day time 80+ consistent) AND all danger of freeze / frost is past. Plugs should also be planted in late spring / early summer for best growth and establishment.

Zoysia is a warm season grass that grows best when temperatures are between 80 and 100. Zoysia seeds should NOT be planted in the fall when cool season grasses are normally planted.

Because Zoysia is slow to grow (it’s natural character), you must allow as much time as possible for the seedlings to establish and mature before cool temperatures cause the growth rate to go dormant in the fall. Failure to reach a certain maturity could result in not enough food reserves being stored to last through a hard winter when Zoysia is fully dormant (and brown). — A rule of thumb is to plant NO later than 90 days before first expected frost in the fall. You should also plant at least 90 days before temperatures begin to fall below day time highs of 70 degrees for best results.

SEED USE NOTICE: Please note that we ONLY recommend Zoysia seeds for use in bare soil areas. Planting seeds into existing grasses has a HIGH FAILURE rate. If planting into an existing lawn (grass and/or weeds) we recommend that you consider using Zoysia Grass plugs instead of seeds.

Zenith – Quality Zoysia Seed Variety

Please find info at link below for the Zenith Zoysia grass seed that Seedland sells.

Zenith Zoysia Seeds

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Zoysia Grass


  • Versatile: Access to water and sunlight can vary — widely — and Zoysia grass will still grow well, normally requiring little in the way of fertilization. Its deep root system means very little irrigation, if any, is necessary. Many homeowners find that a Zoysia lawn needs to be mowed only once for every three times that other grasses require
  • Resilient: It’s less affected by diseases, insects, and weeds that pose serious threats to other types of grass.
  • Dormant in Winter: Although Zoysia loves hot weather, it does not die off when cold sets in. Instead, it takes on a golden brown color after the first frost. It begins to emerge from its long winter’s nap when the soil temperature reaches 50°F, earlier than many other grasses.
  • Aesthetically Pleasing: Naturally low-growing, it looks great and is soft to the touch.


The Arbor-Nomics yearly Zoysia lawn care plan is designed to produce a beautiful lawn with the thick, cushiony feel of lush carpet.

Application #1: A pre-emergent to prevent most grassy weeds (including crabgrass) from showing up this spring and a weed control to kill broadleaf weeds that have germinated. Potassium and phosphorus to provide nutrients as your lawn comes out of dormancy, enhancing the root structure for stronger, thicker growth.

Application #2: A second application of pre-emergent and broadleaf weed control. The pre-emergent blocks the development of crabgrass and many other kinds of grassy weeds, and the broadleaf weed control will cause those weeds to yellow and die. Arbor-Organics will be applied to help roots grow stronger and thicker while controlling surge growth and the spread of funguses in the spring and summer.

Application #3: Arbor-Organics fertilizer to nourish turf until our next visit, plus weed control to minimize broadleaf weeds and keep your lawn looking its best.

Application #4: Arbor-Organics fertilizer, which will provide nutrition to the grass until our next visit, plus weed control to minimize broadleaf weeds.

Application #5: A pre-emergent to prevent grassy weeds from germinating in the wintertime and a broadleaf weed control. Those weeds should die off within two weeks of the treatment.

Application #6: A pre-emergent to prevent winter weeds and a treatment to get rid of broadleaf weeds.

Application #7: A mix of calcium and magnesium to help maintain optimal soil pH. This application reduces acidity to promote healthier, more vigorous turf. Weed control as needed.

When To Seed

The best time to sow Zenith seeds is in mid-spring after the last frosts are expected.

Your latest summer or fall Zenith seed planting date is best determined by your growing zone. The standard guideline is to plant Zenith seed a MINIMUM of 60 days before you expect the first frost in the fall. If seed is planted too late in your growing season, even if it germinates, it might not have sufficient time to become hardy enough to survive fall and winter conditions.

How Much Seed

Using plenty of seed is the least expensive part of establishing a good lawn. “Saving” on the cost of seed results in spending more on watering and weeding. The rates below produce a good lawn in 2-3 months of summer growth.

Make a sketch of your lot and then measure with a tape the area you wish to seed. Calculate the square feet of seed needed by multiplying length times the width of the area measured. Deduct a reasonable amount for buildings, paved drives, and walks.

length x width = square feet of sod needed

For assistance with odd lawn shapes, use our Lawn Area Calculator.

Zenith Choices

  • 2 lb Bag – covers up to 2,000 square feet
  • 6 lb Bag – covers up to 6,000 square feet

Why We Don’t Like Zoysia Plugs

Besides the lower cost of seeding Zenith Zoysia, there’s the time factor. Read more on why we don’t sell Zenith Zoysia as plugs: Pull the Plug on Zoysia Grass Plugs!

Caution: Don’t use a pre-emergent herbicide!

Do not use any type of pre-emergent or “weed and feed” weed control for at least 90 days before seeding. Such chemicals will inhibit germination or kill the Zenith seedlings as they sprout!

Exception: A non-selective weed killer sprayed to kill existing vegetation during seedbed preparation and before seeding Zenith Zoysia is safe.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Follow this link for DIY instructions + video: How to Seed a Zenith Zoysia Lawn

Pros and Cons of Zoysia Grass

Spring isn’t far away. Before long it will warm up, and your yard will start looking green again – or at least that’s the idea. If you’ve been less than happy with your lawn in years past, perhaps it’s time to consider starting fresh with a new type of grass. There are many varieties to choose from, such as Pampas, Bermuda, and St. Augustine. One popular choice is Zoysia grass. But despite its popularity, there are both pros and cons of Zoysia grass that are worth contemplating before you make the decision to switch.

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What Is Zoysia Grass?

Zoysia is a type of creeping grass commonly found in Australia, Asia, and many of the Pacific Islands. It is named after Slovenian botanist Karl von Zois, who lived during the 18th century. Around here, in the Midwest, Zoysia grass is a popular choice for home lawns and golf courses. However, there are most definitely pros and cons of Zoysia grass. The final decision ultimately comes down to what you personally value and strive for from your home lawn.

The Pros of Zoysia Grass

There’s a reason Zoysia grass is so popular. One major appeal is that it is fairly low maintenance. Zoysia grass can flourish in many different environments. It can also tolerate considerable variations in exposure to sunlight, water, and temperature; zoysia isn’t picky. It also makes for a durable lawn as it is resistant to weeds, insects, and diseases that would be bad news for other types of grass. In addition, Zoysia typically doesn’t require much fertilization. On top of being self-sufficient, Zoysia is pleasant on the eyes and skin. It tends to have a soft, fine texture and is naturally low-growing. In short, Zoysia grass makes for a healthy-looking lawn that takes a fraction of the work other varieties require.

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The Cons of Zoysia Grass

While Zoysia grass boasts a number of noteworthy attributes, there are also some downsides. One drawback is that Zoysia is not particularly well-known for staying green year-round. Many homeowners with Zoysia grass report that their lawns lose the desired green hue around mid-autumn. Often, the lawn will stay brown well into Spring, which is a deal-breaker for some. So if year-round color is a must for you, you may want to think twice before choosing Zoysia grass. Another negative is the fact that the seeds to grow Zoysia naturally are often not readily available. Thus, most people who choose Zoysia grass have to plant it in plugs or sod. This can get pricey. And lastly, Zoysia grass sometimes takes two to three years to fill out and reach the desired density. It may be low maintenance, but if immediate results are what you want, Zoysia grass may not be for you.

Nixa Lawn Service Can Help

There is quite a bit to consider when it comes to your lawn: grass type, maintenance, mowing, fertilization, etc. Luckily, you don’t have to do it alone. The professionals at Nixa Lawn Service are here to help you with every step of the process. We offer many services, from lawn care and landscaping to fertilization and water features. Contact us online or request a quote today. We hope to hear from you soon!

Pros & Cons of Zoysia Grass

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Zoysia grass, when maintained properly, can provide a lush and beautiful lawn that is the envy of the neighborhood. But those who choose zoysia over other options believing that zoysia is a miracle grass may be disappointed to learn that zoysia comes with its own set of challenges. But proper selection, good establishment and maintenance can help your zoysia lawn perform up to your expectations.


Native to Korea, zoysia grass is named for Austrian botanist Karl von Zois. Heavily promoted as the one turf grass that wouldn’t brown under the intense heat of summer, zoysia grew in popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. Zoysia is somewhat invasive and will overtake other grasses when planted side by side.


Zoysia maintains its green color during heat and drought conditions, when cool-season grasses suffer. It also forms a dense, cushiony turf that is attractive and resists the growth of weeds. The dense pile of zoysia withstands close mowing, allowing for a neat, groomed appearance for lawns. It’s less thirsty than many cool-season turf grasses.


On the downside, zoysia grass turns brown in mid-autumn, and may not regain its green hue until late spring. Therefore, in lawns where year-round color is a major concern, zoysia may not be the best choice. Additionally, zoysia requires planting in plugs or sod, as seed is not available for most varieties. This means greater expense when planting. Zoysia also takes longer to become fully established. In ideal conditions, one growing season may be enough, but for most zoysia lawns, two to three years are required for the turf to reach optimum density.

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