The Anatomy of A Zoysia Grass Plant


posted on December 4th, 2014 by

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Understanding how your Zoysia grows and spreads can help you to maintain and care for your lawn properly.

There are several parts to a zoysia plant. I am going to touch on some of the main parts, the crown, roots, rhizome, stolons, leaf blade and seedhead.

The crown is the main shaft of the plant which is attached to the tap roots. The tap roots can grow up to 2 feet long. The tap root is where the plant absorbs water under ground. Due to the long length of this root it can reach a lot of water that other grasses can not.

The crown also produces Rhizomes, which are roots that are underground about 4-5 inches and grow outward and upward, producing new plants. This is how the grass spreads underground.

From the crown stolons also form and run along the top of the soil. About every inch there is a small cluster, called a node. This node will eventually take a roothold forming a new plant. The stolons are how zoysia grass spreads above ground.

Most importantly, water, sunlight and nutrients are absorbed through the leaf blade and soil. These are past from the leaf blade down to the roots of the plant and then fed to the rest of the plant.

The seedhead usually does not grow if the grass is kept mowed. The seeds that are produced on most zoysia grasses are not used to propagate zoysia. The success rate is very low if at all. Successful zoysia lawns are most often grown from plugs, sprigs or sod.

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4 Responses to “The Anatomy of A Zoysia Grass Plant”

  1. John Lauer Says:

    August 28th, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Is Zoysia a type of Bermuda grass?

  2. SecureAdminZ Says:

    August 31st, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Hi John,
    Zoysia is not a type of Bermuda. Zoysia spreads similar to Bermuda but they are two totally different types of grass.

  3. Don Says:

    August 31st, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Will Zoysia “choke” out Bermuda Grass?. I have used your Zoysia plugs in a established Fescue lawn that has been invaded by Bermuda. I am hoping that the Zoysia is able to keep the Bermuda at bay.

  4. SecureAdminZ Says:

    September 1st, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Hi Don,
    When the plugs are first planted you do need to keep the Bermuda back away from the plugs or the Bermuda can choke out the newly planted zoysia plugs. Once the plugs become strong enough they will choke out the Bermuda.

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