Zoysia Grass: A Little History
posted on February 3rd, 2010 by John
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.
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.