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Zenith Zoysia is considered one of the most beautiful lawn grasses available. A warm season grass grown throughout the central and southern climates across the world. Planted at 1-3 lbs. per 1000 square feet. Zenith is in the Japonica family, as is Meyer Zoysia, and is similar in many respects, including blade width and color. It is somewhat less and dense, thus making it easier to mow providing a better opportunity for interseeding with tall fescue for a year-round color. Zenith grows well in full sun or under light shade, and is presumed to have good cold tolerance. Planted shallow on a newly prepared seedbed and watered frequently, Zenith germinates readily, producing a stand of seedlings in as little as 10 days. Like all Zoysias, it grows and spreads slowly, and therefore seeding rates of one to three pounds per 1,000 square feet are recommended. Even so, users are cautioned to not expect an establishment rate comparable to seeded Bermudas, ryegrasses, fescues and other fast growing grasses.
Zenith Zoysia Grass Seed - Zenith Zoysia is considered
one of the most beautiful lawn grasses available. Zenith Zoysia is a
warm season lawn grass grown throughout the central and southern
climates across the world. Zenith Zoysia is in the Japonica family, as
is Meyer Zoysia, and is similar in many respects, including blade width
and color. It is somewhat less and dense, thus making it easier to mow
providing a better opportunity for interseeding with tall fescue for a
year-round color. Zenith grows well in full sun or under light shade,
and is presumed to have good cold tolerance. Planted shallow on a newly
prepared seedbed and watered frequently, Zenith germinates readily,
producing a stand of seedlings in as little as 10 days. Like all
Zoysias, it grows and spreads slowly, and therefore seeding rates of 1
to 3 lbs. per 1,000 square feet are recommended.
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Zenith is a new Zoysia which looks much like Meyer (Z-52) Zoysia---a
blade width similar to Centipede, many Bluegrasses and some ryegrasses,
but not as wide as most Fescues. It is not as fine bladed as Emerald
Zoysia. No Emerald Zoysia seed are available and seed harvested from
Meyer do not reproduce a true Meyer. Our test plots clearly demonstrate
that Zenith produces a higher quality turf than imported Zoysia seed.
* Stays greener later into the fall compared to other Zoysia grasses
* Improved winter hardiness
* Low fertility and water requirements
* Infrequent mowing requirements under low fertility
* More convenient than sprigging or laying sod
* Improved shade tolerance
Recommended Use: Golf Courses (fairways, tees, & roughs), Parks, Athletic Fields and Home Lawns
Establishment & Maintenance:
For best results, take a soil sample to determine the pH and fertility
of the soil, and adjust as recommended. Once the seed is planted at the
suggested seeding rate, water frequently to insure moisture in the top
inch of the soil profile but be cautious not to create run off. Begin
the mowing process when seedlings are approximately 3 inches (7.5 cm)
tall at a cutting height of 2 inches (5.1 cm), remember to not remove
more than 1/3 of the leaf blade when cutting.
New Turf Applications:
1 - 1 1/2 lbs/1000 sq ft. (1/2 - 3/4 kg/100 sq meters)
Repairs of Existing Turf:
1/2 - 1 lb/1000 sq ft.(1/4 - 1/2 kg/100 sq meters)
History of Zenith Zoysia Grass Seed
Zenith Zoysia fulfills a forty-year-old dream! When the U.S. Department
of Agriculture Research Station at Beltsville, Maryland in 1951 released
Meyer (Z-52) Zoysia, researchers were then looking for a good turf
quality Zoysia that would also be a good seed producer.
Finding the right Zoysia was one factor of the equation. How to harvest
the seed was another, and a still greater challenge was how to overcome
Nature's endowing Zoysia seeds with a material that makes them extremely
slow to sprout.
Zenith Zoysia is a "synthetic" seed from three-selected parent clones
whose performance was observed at the Beltsville Research Station for
many years. The concept is that through cross-pollination the progeny
has the vigor of a hybrid and that each parent plant contributes other
desirable traits, such as better color, disease, drought and insect
How to Plant Zenith Zoysia Grass Seed
When to Seed: Warm soil, 70 degrees F, (29 degrees C) is necessary for
satisfactory germination, but it is important that seeding be done early
enough in the year to get the planting well enough established to
endure the first winter. The optimum seeding time in the mid-South is
late spring. June is good in any adapted area; July 4 should be the
latest seeding date north of the Mason-Dixon Line, while early August
should be the latest in the Upper South.
Seedbed Preparation: Till and level the lawn area,
removing sticks, stones and debris. Slope away from house and other
buildings. Before tilling, lime according to a soil test to bring soil
to pH of 6.0 to 6.5 (if no soil test is available, use 50 lbs. dolomite
limestone per 1,000 sq. ft.). Incorporate into soil 15 lbs. per 1,000
sq. ft. of a complete fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or 8-8-8.
Seeding: Using a drop-type or Cyclone type spreader,
uniformly broadcast on a freshly prepared seedbed, one-pound Zenith
Zoysia seed per 1,000 sq. ft. (20' x 60'). To insure uniformity, spread
half the seed in one direction and the remaining half across the area
first seeded (half east to west - then half north to south). Rake very
lightly or roll. The seed needs to be in firm contact with the soil, but
require light for quick germination and therefore should have very
little soil or mulch cover.
For A Quick Stand: Water as often as necessary, which
may be two or three times daily, to keep the surface constantly moist
for the first ten days. Thereafter, reduce watering frequency, but water
enough to keep good moisture within one inch of the surface.
Fertilizer: A second application of a complete
fertilizer about 30 days after the seedlings emerge will assist in
maturing a turf and should be all that is needed the first year.
Thereafter, a light application after spring green-up and once in late
summer should suffice. On better soils, little or no regular
fertilization is needed to maintain good color and density.
Mowing: Begin mowing when weed and/or Zoysia seedlings
are three inches high and mow as frequently as necessary for good
appearance. The best cut-height is 1.5" to 2". In full sun - 2" to 2.5".
In shade sharp reel mowers produce the most professional looking turf,
but an advantage of Zenith is that it will look good when mowed with a
rotary cutter if the blade is kept sharp.
Insects & Diseases: All living things are subject
to insects and disease problems. The most serious disease likely to
damage Zenith is Brown Patch (rhizoctonia fungus). Leaf Rust is a lesser
problem. Grubs and bill bugs (plus moles, crickets in the lower South)
are soil borne insects, which can cause serious damage. Consult your
garden store or Extension Service Technician for control
Overseeding: Many are satisfied to park their lawn
mower and enjoy Zenith's golden brown winter color. Others want it green
and may wish to over-seed with ryegrass or tall fescue. To do so, cut
one-half inch closer than normal in mid-September, catch the clippings
and/or sweep well. Seed and water frequently. Use a heavy seeding ratio
because the dense turf will prevent many of the seed from making good
Seeding Old Lawns: Many lawn owners wish to convert to
Zenith by simply overseeding. It may or may not work satisfactorily. If
you wish to try cut the existing grass as closely as possible. Remove
the clippings and as much thatch as practical, and expose as much soil
as possible by severe de-thatching before seeding. After seeding, water
frequently for at least ten consecutive days during warm weather. Using
Roundup to kill the existing grass prior to seeding will help.
Do Not: Use any type pre-emergence weed control chemical or weed and
feed fertilizer for at least 60 days before seeding Zenith. After
seeding do not use any weed control chemical that is not labeled and
recommended for Zoysia grasses.
Zenith Zoysia is for the person who has tired of pampering St.
Augustine, Floratam, Bluegrasses and Fescues. Don't try to do too much
for it because once established it doesn't need all that petting. Mow
and water as needed and enjoy Zenith Zoysia while your neighbor slaves!
Compadre Zoysia Grass Seed - Compadre Zoysia is wear
tolerant and can be used on golf courses, athletic fields (baseball,
softball and soccer), lawns and parks. In the south, Compadre has good
shade tolerance while in the cooler areas it needs more sun. Compadre is
a popular grass for the coastal areas due to its increased tolerance
for salt spray. It is also extremely tolerant of high salt
concentrations in both irrigation water and soil. Compadre requires
lower maintenance with natural weed suppression and lower fertilizer and
Compadre Zoysia grass is an improved hybrid seeded Zoysia grass that is
the result of a two parent cross of Zoysia japonica selections made by
the late Jack Murray at the USDA turfgrass station in Beltsville,
Maryland. Compadre Zoysia grass has good color, texture and density
which compares favorably with vegetative varieties at a much lower
cost. The name Compadre Zoysia was chosen to reflect that the variety
may be paired with a cool season grass such as a turf-type tall fescue
to create a year round green lawn.
Compadre Zoysia grass is widely adapted and will flourish in the
temperatezone, from the northern transition zone of the U.S. south, into
the tropical zones, and in similar climates around the world. Compadre
Zoysia grass can be grown in all types of soil textures ranging from
sands to clays. It is tolerant to a range of pH from acidic to alkaline.
Compadre Zoysia is very drought tolerant. Under drought conditions, it
may turn a straw color; however it has the ability to recuperate with
subsequent irrigation or rainfall. Compadre has shown excellent
resistance to Large Brown Patch which can occasionally damage turf.
Compadre Zoysia grass is wear tolerant and can be used on golf courses,
athletic fields (baseball, softball and soccer), lawns and parks. In
the south, Compadre has good shade tolerance while in the cooler areas
it needs more sun. Compadre is a popular grass for the coastal areas
due to its increased tolerance for salt spray. It is also extremely
tolerant of high salt concentrations in both irrigation water and soil.
Compadre requires lower maintenance with natural weed suppression and
lower fertilizer and water requirements. It can be maintained at
variable mowing heights depending on use, from 1 inch to 2.5 inches
(2.5 cm to 6 cm). With increased maintenance and care, Compadre may be
mowed at 0.5 inches (1.25 cm).
- USA grown certified seed, treated for faster germination and establishment
- Good density and texture for reduced weed invasion
- Excellent Large Brown Patch resistance
- Wide area of adaptation
- Salt and drought tolerant
- Uses: Ideal choice for sports turf, commercial landscapes, golf courses, home lawns and sod farms
Early spring green-up
Blend with turf-type fescue for year round green turf
Less expensive and faster establishment than sod, plugs or sprigs
Lower maintenance, use less fertilizer and water
New Turf: 1–3 lbs/1,000 sq ft 5–15 gr/m2
Emergence: 15–20 days under ideal conditions
First mowing: when plant reaches 2 inches (5cm) in height
First use: 10–14 weeks