Zoysia, a warm season perennial grass, grows from both stolons and rhizomes. A durable sod-forming grass, it turns green early in the spring season. Any hard frost quickly turns the grass brown. Numerous species range in appearance from fine-textured to course. Each blade contains high levels of silica which makes them extremely stiff. The grass is popular in lawns, golf courses and parks. Zoysia offers drought tolerance and grows moderately well in shade. Plant zoysia seeds after the last frost in late spring or early summer for best results.
Till the seedbed to a depth of 6 to 8 inches and remove all weed growth. Roll the seedbed to firm the soil.
Sow zoysia seeds when the soil temperature reaches 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. Daytime temperature should top 70 degrees for five consecutive days to guarantee adequate soil temperature.
Spread zoysia seeds with a seed broadcaster at a rate of 4 lbs. per 1,000 square feet of garden space. Cover seeds with 1/4 inch of soil.
Maintain moist soil to encourage germination. Germination occurs in 21 days after planting.