Preparing for Winter Dormancy

posted on November 7th, 2011 by

With the cold snap imminent, some of you are going to notice your grass turning a tawny-brown color. No need to worry, this is quite natural. Zoysia, like trees, goes dormant after the first hard frost — But instead of losing leaves, its green color fades.

Zoysia’s dormancy is a safeguard against colder temperatures, up to -30˚ F in fact! Just like trees that regrow their leaves in the spring, Zoysia will come back lush each spring once the soil reaches 50˚F. This behavior is what let’s Zoysia thrive in even the hottest summers.

Most grasses go dormant at some point in the year. “Cool season” grasses do the opposite, they go dormant and brown in the warm summer months. Zoysia is categorized as a “warm season” grass, so it goes dormant in the winter and is green in the summer, just when you want your grass nice and lush.

Depending on where you live, your Zoysia may not go dormant at all. If your winters are mild, your lawn will be green year round. Either way, come spring, your lawn will be back to its lush, beautiful green in no time!


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2 Responses to “Preparing for Winter Dormancy”

  1. Delores Says:

    March 25th, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    We are thinking about using in northern mi near gaylord. It is very hilly with sandy soil. Winters are quite cold – teens to sub 0 is common. Summers are 70 – 90 degrees. The area is country, so watering out of question. Soil dries outdue to sandy conditions. Would this grass work forth is area? Delores

  2. admin Says:

    April 4th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Delores – Zoysia does grow in hot, sandy climates, quite well actually. You can read more about Zoysia and soil types here and here.

    However, what do you mean when you say that watering is out of the question? Once Zoysia is established, it needs very little watering, but during the first few weeks as the roots grow, it might need watering.

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