Zoysia is a warm season grass native to Asia. In areas with killing frosts, it is among the first grasses to turn green in the spring. It has fine grass blades that grow dense, making it overall, one of the most desirable grasses to grow in the home yard. Zoysia is also drought tolerant, although not the first year during the establishment period. Always purchase zoysia grass that is cold hardy in your USDA climate zone. Choose among several different stages to buy your zoysia.
Buy zoysia seed. Zoysia japanica is the only zoysiagrass that can be grown from seed. You will need 3 to 4 lbs. per 1,000 square feet. Zoysia seed can be purchased online and at local nursery centers or places that sell garden supplies, such as Walmart or Lowes.
Buy zoysia plugs. Plugs are 2 to 3 inches wide and are planted 3 to 12 inches apart. Plugs take about two years to cover a lawn completely, but the closer the plugs are planted, the faster and more likely they will fill the space in this time frame. You will need 1,000 (for 12-inch plantings) to 4,000 (for 3-inch plantings) plugs for every 1,000 square feet. Plugs are available at local nurseries and landscaping companies or may be cut from sod.
Buy zoysia sprigs, which contain the rhizomes (or stolons), roots and grass blades, but not soil. According to the Texas A&M University, sprigging is the cheapest method to plant zoysia grass. If you are planting your sprigs, you will need to buy 12,000 sprigs per 1,000 square foot. If you are broadcasting your sprigs, you will need to buy 10 bushels of sprigs for every 1,000 square feet. Sprigs are available at local nurseries and landscaping companies.
Buy sod to separate and plant as sprigs. According to the University of Missouri, you will need 2 to 3 square yards of sod to sprig 1,000 square feet. Sod is available at local landscaping companies or may be ordered from your local nursery.
Buy zoysia sod to cover your lawn entirely. This is the most expensive way to buy zoysia, but will give you immediate satisfaction. You will need at least the same square footage of sod as you have lawn, but buying 5 to 10 percent more will allow for a margin of error.