Why Choose Palisades Zoysia Grass Sod for Your Next Houston Area Project?
Call 281-431-7441. Palisades Zoysia grass is probably the best looking grass variety you’ll find in the Houston area. Find out why and the advantages and disadvantages of Palisades Zoysia grass in this video by Michael Romine.
Here’s a summary of the video.
Palisades Zoysia is a Dense Beautiful Turf Grass
Palisades is the only Zoysia variety that we carry for the time being. We’re looking at getting some of the thinner-bladed Zoysia varieties, but Palisades is the thicker bladed Zoysia. There are probably 30 different kinds of Zoysia. But there’s basically two families. There’s the thinner blade family and the thicker blade family. We find that the thicker-bladed Zoysia is easiest for a homeowner to take care of as far as mowing requirements and things like that. The Palisade Zoysia seems to do real well with homeowners. The thing about the Zoysia here is that when people pull up to our office in Arcola, we’ve got all these plots of grass out here. Whether it’s because the Palisades Zoysia is the most beautiful grass we have or it just looks different, I have to say that Palisades Zoysia is usually the first one that our visitors walk over to. It’s probably the one everyone would drive away with if it wasn’t as expensive as it is. It is more expensive than some of the other grasses out here too. So I guess that’s really the only drawback to the Zoysia that I see.
People who move to Houston from the more Northern states say that Palisades Zoysia reminds them of the fescues and Kentucky Bluegrass they’re used to. As opposed to having runners like the Bermuda grasses, it grows straight up and I guess the coarseness and density and everything look a lot more like those grasses. It’s probably the nicest one to walk on. The blades themselves have a lot of give and it’s real thick and definitely has that carpet like feel. You leave those footprints in it when you walk across it. You can mow it as short as you want. Of course the shorter you want to keep it the more frequently you have to mow it and add more water and more fertilizer. That goes for most of these grasses that we have out here.
The Palisades Zoysia has really good traffic tolerance. I think it’s probably mainly due to the fact that it’s so dense. It’s not something that they use out on sports fields cause it grows real slowly. So if divots and stuff are taking out of it or cleat marks, it’s going to grow back slowly. But it’s got good traffic tolerance as well as drought tolerance.
Palisades Zoysia Grass Has Good Shade Tolerance
It’s also got quite good shade tolerance. I would equate it to almost the Palmetto St. Augustine. So it needs three to four hours of direct sunlight and filtered sunlight through the rest of the day. Contrast that with the Bermuda grasses that needs a 100% sunlight all day long. Some of the St. Augustine’s like the Raleigh St. Augustine need six or seven hours of direct sunlight per day. The Zoysia can subsist on a little bit less sunlight than all of our grass varieties except the Palmetto St. Augustine.
Slower Growing So You Can Mow It Less
One thing that should be noted about Palisades Zoysia and all Zoysia’s is that it’s got a really slow growth habit. So we recommend mowing many of these grasses twice a week to make them look their best. It wouldn’t hurt to mow the Zoysia twice a week but you certainly can get by with mowing once every seven days. I’ve got all these grasses planted out here side by side. And the Zoysia certainly grows slower than the rest of them. So if that’s got appeal to you which it does to a lot of homeowners that’s something to keep in mind.
Water Needs Are the Same as Other Varieties
It’s watering requirements I would say are about the same as the rest of these — about one inch of water per week during the growing season and one inch every two weeks during the winter months. We tell everybody to water twice a week if it’s not falling out of the sky in the form of rain. Usually out of a hose, it takes two waterings of about two hours to put out half an inch with I would say average water pressure. So you water twice a week for two hours each. Say like Saturday and Wednesday or ideally you would water the day after you mow your lawn or as soon as you mow your lawn you water and then three or four days later follow it up if you’re not getting any rain at all.
Fertilization requirements are like the St. Augustine grass varieties. Two to three times a year with the fertilizer is usually ample fertilization.
If you want a great looking grass in your lawn that will attract the attention of your neighbors, then you should look at Palisades Zoysia grass. It’s more expensive than St. Augustine, but you’re getting value for that extra money in a great looking lawn for many years that will add to the value of your home.
At Houston Grass South, we get our grass from our family farm in Bay City, Texas, where we’ve been growing top-quality grass since 1981. We can deliver your grass to your project area, we can arrange installation, or you can pick up your grass sod at our office in Arcola. Our office is on McKeever Road, just off Highway 6, and we’re a few miles east of Sienna Plantation. Call us at 281-431-7441 or send us your question or a quote request on our contact form.