Amazoy zoysia grass pros and cons

Amazoy is a registered trademark for a unique blend of zoysia grass. Also known as Z-52, amazoy zoysia is planted from sprigs or from plugs that are cut from strips of sod. Amazoy grass comes with advantages and disadvantages.

Pros of using amazoy zoysia grass
  • Amazoy grows best in the lower half of the United States where the temperatures are optimal for growth, including in the shade. Amazoy is also tolerant of salty air, making it an option for shoreline landscaping.
  • Slow growing, amazoy zoysia requires mowing less frequently than traditional grass lawns. Less watering is needed since the root system of amazoy zoysia reaches further outward and downward than traditional grass. The dense root system can block out weed growth so herbicides are not needed. Amazoy zoysia is also resistant to disease and insects.
  • Zoysia grass, with its thick, deep-reaching root system, provides a dense feeling underfoot that can seem indestructible making it a good choice for athletic fields. Amazoy zoysia can also be used for residential landscaping. 
Cons of using amazoy zoysia grass
  • Zoysia grass tends to develop thatch, which is dead grass, leaves or roots that form a mat over the soil. Thatch can block sunlight, water and nutrients from reaching the soil. Left on the ground, the thatch can harbor insects and fungal disease. Use of a dethatching rake on a regular basis is needed; if not dethatched regularly (at least once a year) the thatch can build up making it difficult to remove without harming the zoysia.
  • Amazoy zoysia fails to perform as well in partial shade in the upper half of the continental United States as it does in the lower half. Amazoy does poorly in dry, southwestern desert locals where the soil is not moist enough to nourish the grass.
  • Amazoy zoysia is slow-growing, taking up to three years for plugs to spread and fill out the lawn based on the suggested planting distance between plugs. During that time, weeds can grow in the bare spots and walking on the lawn can feel bumpy. Damage to the grass, like from pet urine, would require cutting out the area and then waiting two to three years for the zoysia grass to spread and repair the damage.
  • Though quick to turn green in the spring, zoysia grass will turn brown after the first hard autumn frost leaving what appears to be a dead lawn for four or months of the year.

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