How to Seed Zoysia


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.

Step 1

Till the seedbed to a depth of 6 to 8 inches and remove all weed growth. Roll the seedbed to firm the soil.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

Maintain moist soil to encourage germination. Germination occurs in 21 days after planting.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Roller
  • Nitrogen


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  • Alabama A & M and Auburn Universities: Zoysiagrass Lawns

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Kimberly Sharpe is a freelance writer with a diverse background. She has worked as a Web writer for the past four years. She writes extensively for Associated Content where she is both a featured home improvement contributor (with special emphasis on gardening) and a parenting contributor. She also writes for Helium. She has worked professionally in the animal care and gardening fields.