Zoysia Grass end of growing season update

I took pictures of the area where I planted the grass to show what transpired since I planted it. The answer is, not much! I did not get much if any distribution this year, I am hoping it will spread out this spring.

Here are the pics so you can see for yourself. I really did not like the color of the grass when it started turning cold but if it looks good in the spring and summer and keeps the weeds out like they say then I guess I can deal with the color during the cold months.

You can see the three patches of Zoysia in this picture. The first is in the lower left corner and then the other two are located on each side of the tree in the middle of the section of grass.

Here is a close-up shot

These pictures were taken in late October I think. I will update again this spring.

13 comments for “Zoysia Grass end of growing season update

  1. April 5, 2010 at 9:50 am

    Hi Mark,
    Thanks for publishing your piece and February update – any chance you can publish an April update?
    I planted 2 sheets this weekend, and have roughly 4 to go. I live in NJ, and was suprised at how brown my grass was (I know, big lettered warnings) – I figured living in a nearby state, my grass would be greener. anyway, I was disappointed at the progress of your grass – I’m hoping it looks more like it’s thriving.
    I have yet to see any scoring on the bottom of my sheets, and as with other posters, i could not get 150 plugs – i could get either around 60, or 6,000 (strands)
    thanks for your willingness to inform!

  2. April 6, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    I’ll take some pictures toward the end of the month and post them. We are just starting to get some warm weather here. I think I remember reading that it won’t green up until the ground temp hits 55 degrees.

    I did poke around in there last week and it looked like there was new green sprigs coming up from the ground. I think the old stuff dies off each year and new grass grows, unlike say kentucky bluegrass that just greens back up in the spring.

  3. Evette Miranda
    April 14, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Mark,

    I live in Illinois, so was very interested to see a posting from a fellow midwesterner. My husband and I are thinking about Zoysia, and are interested in your progress with it. We’ve got a problem area underneath our Magnolia tree and we’re hoping Zoysia can solve the issue. Thanks for the posting on Dave’s Garden and the blog…so far very helpful!

  4. static_existence@live.com
    April 24, 2010 at 1:52 am

    I appreciate your updates and I’m looking forward to your temps reaching the necessary 55 to see some follow up pics. I live in CA so I think my only concern is the poor plugs cooking in the ground. Nothing can be worse than what I currently have so I think I’m going to take a stab at zoysia.
    Thanks again for taking the time to put this together…

  5. Ethan
    April 27, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    I planted over a thousand plugs in my yard back in 2007. I live in Maryland and the plugs I received looked just like yours maybe a bit browner. I followed the directions planting them watering. I was very upset when after the 21 days of watering all the plugs just seemed to die, and weeds sprouted up in their places. The next spring 2008 I noticed that maybe 20 plugs survived and were growing spreading out little runners. I did notice that the weeds seemed to be attacking the little plugs anywhere there was a plug a bunch of weed surrounded it. Last year 2009 I noticed a lot more spots of zoysia growing plug that I had previously written off as dead and gone. I noticed something else that if there were two plugs in close proximity the runners would grow towards each other and not in any other direction. If there was a plug out all along it was sending out a few runners in all directions. This spring I have huge patches popping up a least a foot in diameter. That’s huge for me! Sadly I am moving this summer I was hoping to have a lush lawn for resale when I plant back in 2007. At least someone will get to enjoy it.

  6. April 27, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    thanks for your story. I think it may be the same with me. All of my patches are showing new growth but not spreading much. I will probably plug some of them this year and spread them around to try to get more coverage, but I think this is going to take awhile. I am not crazy about the color either when the grass is dormant compared to the other varieties. I will be taking pics this soming weekend and posting to show what they look like.

  7. Melvi Coke
    July 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Trust me> If the blogger had planted small plugs his entire lawn would have been filled in.

  8. Megan H
    April 2, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Thanks for the pictures and thorough blog! I’m thinking of planting Zoysia this spring. How is yours looking now (2012)?

  9. April 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Not much change from the previous pictures. It has not really spread like I thought it would. I was going to break it up into smaller plugs and spread it around but never got around to it last year. I’ll try to get some new pics posted here soon. Grass here in Ohio is just getting greened up good.

  10. Deborah
    July 12, 2012 at 1:40 am

    Mark and all the posters,
    I too, echo my gratitude for y’all taking time to help others by sharing your experiences and pictures. I’m considering trying this grass. It’s now July 2012. Would love to hear updates and pics!
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas

  11. July 12, 2012 at 5:59 am

    Hi Deborah,
    I have not taken any pictures but can update you. The grass never did really spread out like I thought it would. We have been extremely dry here this year and all grass is currently dormant including the zoysia grass.

  12. KBinMD
    September 10, 2012 at 9:26 am

    I planted approx 600 plugs from Zoysia Farms Nursery in MD in ’07. These were installed mixed in with our new fescue sod. Today the Zoysia has spread/taken over 95% of the yard. Can you post pics here?


  13. September 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    If you have the pics posted somewhere we can point a URL to them or you can send me a pic or two and I’ll post on my site.
    Please just upload them somewhere and then send me a comment telling me where they are and I’ll download them and delete the comment. I do not want to post my email address as the spam bots will get it and start bombarding me.

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