What Are These Vines Growing In My Zoysia Grass:?

posted on June 23rd, 2015 by

runner white backgroundIf you have a Zoysia lawn this is what you want to see! These vines are called stolons. Please do not cut or pull them out! This is one of the ways this type of grass spreads and fills in.

The stolon, often called a “runner”, is growing from the main plant. About every inch on the runner there is a small cluster. These clusters will eventually take a roothold and start to produce another plant. When the stolons finally come into contact with other stolons they will fill in the lawn making the grass thicker and hand holding runnerfuller.

If the runners start to invade an area you do not want grass, such as, trying to grow over your sidewalk, driveway or in your flower bed, then you would need to trim or cut them. The cut stolon can even be replant in other areas you may want to add more grass too. Be sure the soil is loosened when replanting the runners and the little clusters are making contact with the soil. The runner will eventually take a roothold and start forming new plants.

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2 Responses to “What Are These Vines Growing In My Zoysia Grass:?”

  1. Marguerit Wong Says:

    August 23rd, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Has anyone ever had Bermuda Grass start spreading in your Zoycia Plugs. How did you stop Bermuda from taking over????

  2. SecureAdminZ Says:

    August 25th, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Hi Marguerit,
    If the plugs are planted within an established Bermuda lawn, you would need to keep the Bermuda back a few inches from the plugs or the Bermuda will most likely choke out the plugs. If this is new Bermuda invading your lawn, depending on what type of zoysia you have would determine how well the zoysia will stop the Bermuda. I have heard of some products that are available to kill Bermuda grass and not harm a zoysia lawn, but I have not used any of them myself. You may want to research a product call Ornamec.

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