How would you like to have a great looking lawn without having to do a whole lot of work? Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, if you use zoysia sod, you can have that beautiful lawn, and it won’t require much care on your part. Of course, you will have to do a bit of watering and fertilizing, but other than that, you can simply enjoy your lawn created from zoysia sod.
What is Zoysia Sod?
Zoysia sod can mainly be found throughout Southeast Asia, and it came to the US in the early 1900’s. If you have ever seen the famous, centuries-old Japanese Imperial Garden (or at least seen photos) you have probably noticed the gorgeous lawns, which have been created with zoysia sod. The first US cultivation of zoysia sod was in Florida, and it is one of the easiest types of grass to care for, making it extremely popular with many home owners. It is also a popular type of sod with many golf courses because it can handle a lot of people walking on it and doesn’t need a lot of maintenance.
There are eight different types of zoysia grass. The two most commonly used in the United States are:
- Meyer Zoysia – This will give you a lush lawn that is often referred to as being like a carpet. This is the type of lawn you usually see on golf courses, and it is great for active families who like to use their yards a lot for recreation. This is also a good grass to have as it is tolerant to various temperatures.
- Emerald Zoysia – This is a hybrid version of the grass, and it does not react as badly to shade as other varieties. It is slow growing, so it doesn’t need to be mowed a lot, which is great for anyone who is too busy for a lot of lawn maintenance.
The Pros and Cons of Zoysia Sod
Home owners find many benefits to using zoysia sod for their lawns. For one thing, this type of sod can give you a nice lawn in a very short period of time, whereas waiting for grass seed to germinate and grow can seem to take forever. When you use this type of sod, you don’t get the topsoil erosion that can happen when grass seed is used, which means that you don’t have to re-do some sections of the yard. Here are some of the pros and cons of using zoysia sod:
- You have a lawn that can stand up to a lot of traffic, which is great if you have children and pets playing in the yard.
- You don’t have as many problems with insects and other pests that you do when you use seed, which means that there is no need to use chemical sprays which can be dangerous to children and pets.
- Not only does zoysia sod not get weeds, it can actually repel them. This is because it spreads out as time goes on and squeezes out all of the weeds.
- Zoysia soil grows slowly, which means you don’t have to mow it nearly as often.
- Once your zoysia soil has taken root, you don’t have to worry about planting new sections.
- Because zoysia sod does spread, it can spread into areas where you don’t want to have grass. It can even spread to your neighbors’ yards. Make sure that you keep an eye on this.
- This grass is only green when temperatures are higher than 70 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter, you can expect your grass to be brown in color.
- Zoysia grass does not react well in the shade. It thrives best in areas where there is a lot of sunlight. Try to avoid using this grass in shaded areas of your yard.
Installing Your Sod
You have a couple of options when it comes to sod installation. You can either do it yourself, or have a professional come and do it for you. If you are a busy person who is always on the go, the latter is probably going to work out best for you. Also, if you have never installed sod before, you may want to have someone else do it so you know that the work has been done properly.
If you do decide to install zoysia sod yourself, you need to remember that it is not something you can do in a few minutes. It takes much longer to install sod than it does to sprinkle grass seed, but you get a nice lawn a lot quicker, so it does have its advantages. Before you can install sod, you need to prepare the ground. It needs to be clear of any debris, and nice and level.
You will need to clear away any weeds with a weed killer a couple of weeks before you plant sod. If you plant it too soon after using weed killer, you will kill the sod and have to start all over again, and spend even more money. You should also test the soil for pH balance and see if you need lime and/or fertilizer. The soil should then be tilled about six inches deep, then mix some lime and fertilizer into the soil. You can also add things like compost at this time.
Once you have prepared the ground, you can start laying the sod, taking the following steps:
- Make sure the area is smooth. Rake it if necessary.
- Roll the lawn even with a lawn roller, which you can rent from garden supply companies.
- Fill in any holes or low spots with soil.
- Lay sod in straight lines, in a brick work pattern. Trim any uneven pieces with a sharp utility knife.
- Roll the sod to press it into the ground so it has an even better chance of taking root.
- Water the sod daily for about two weeks to ensure grass growth.
Now all you have to do is spend the summer enjoying your yard with family and friends.