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The Evolution of Zoysia


posted on February 5th, 2010 by John

So, what is zoysia? Where did it come from? Maybe you have heard the term or have seen advertisements, but in this blog post, we are going help you out a bit.

Zoysia grass, native to southeastern and eastern Asia, is a genus of eight species of spreading grass named after Austrian botanist Karl von Zois. Of the eight species, three are common in the United States: Zoysia Japonica, Zoysia Matrella, and Zoysia Tenuifolia. Meyer Zoysia, which we specialize in here at Zoysia Farm Nurseries, is a strain of the Japonica species.

As mentioned in our last blog post, zoysia made its first appearance in America when botanist C.V. Piper brought it over from Manila. Prior to that, zoysia was popular in Asian culture, dating as far back as the early 12th century.

Here at Zoysia Farm Nurseries, we specialize in Meyer Zoysia, which has a history all its own. According to the USGA Journal and Turf Management, the Meyer Z-52 strain was discovered in 1906 by Frank N. Meyer, a plant explorer for the Division of Plant Exploration. He brought it back to the United States from Korea, where it was filed with the Department of Agriculture as Zoysia pungens. Over time, it became Zoysia japonica, the species name it carries now. It was released by the USDA for commercial development in 1951.

Today, zoysia is used in a wide variety of ways, including golf course fairways, athletic fields, playgrounds, park areas, and home lawns.

Zoysia Grass: A Little History


posted on February 3rd, 2010 by John

The Grass:

Zoysia grass has long been a staple in Asia, with a more recent introduction into American lawn society. According to AllAboutLawns.com, zoysia has been around from as early as the 12th century, being an important part of Japanese gardens and tea ceremonies.

Much later, around the early 1900’s, zoysia made its first appearance in America when botanist C.V. Piper brought it over from Manila. It wasn’t until 1951 that the USDA released zoysia for commercial development.

The Company:

Zoysia Farm Nurseries has a long history behind it. Richard Friedberg, President of Zoysia Farm Nurseries, can remember walking the rows of zoysia test plots at the U.S. Department of Agriculture when he was a young boy. Richard’s father, Herbert, became pretty convinced early on of zoysia and its power to be the solution for American lawns. He also had a brilliant idea: to sell it by mail to homeowners nationwide.

The USDA released zoysia for commercial development in 1951. By 1953, Herbert was the first entrepreneur to focus on zoysia for private lawns. He bought a farm in Maryland, perfected the process of growing and distributing the product, and the rest is history.

Today, zoysia is still as dedicated to bringing beautiful, low-maintenance lawns to every homeowner. Now, Zoysia Farm Nurseries is employee-owned, meaning every member of the staff is equally committed to bringing you a great product and the best service.