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Zoysia: Grass for Every Climate


posted on August 12th, 2010 by John

ZoysiaLawnZoysia is an especially resilient grass that grows well in a wide range of climates and conditions, and requires less watering and mowing than most grasses.

Testimonials from Customers: Zoysia Provides Great Results

Zoysia grass is a warm season grass that thrives in summer heat. It stays green all summer long without supplemental watering, allowing minimal water use.

Survives summer heat and drought
“I just want to comment how happy my husband and I are with this lawn. We bought our plugs about 5 years ago. When we were on our hands and knees putting in each plug I thought this better be worth it. Well our yard is the envy of the neighborhood. Each year we could see it spreading. Now it is like a carpet. It is so thick. Last year in the dry weather everyone’s yard was brown. Ours looked great. I know people thought we were watering in the dark of night. My husband and I are so proud of our Zoysia yard.” — K.M.

Zoysia grass is so thick that it physically prevents weeds from entering. The lawn that forms will crowd out weeds, reducing your need for weed control chemicals.

No more weeds
“Although it was a lot of work planting the plugs (we had a large lawn) the work was well worth the effort. After about two growing seasons, our lawn looked so beautiful, without any weeds, that our lawn was the envy of the neighborhood.” — U.D.

Zoysia Prospers in Every Region

New England/Northeast — CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, and VT

Mid-Atlantic – DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA, and WV

Southeast — AL, FL, GA, NC, MS, SC, and TN

South Central — AR, KS, LA, MO, OK, and TX

North Central — IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, and WI

Southwest — AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, and UT

Northwest & Plains — ID, MN, MT, ND, NE, SD, and WY

Read more testimonials from customers of Zoysia Farm Nurseries, and see how Zoysia grass thrives in every climate.

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.