Meyer Zoysiagrass

Introduction

An industry standard zoysiagrass for over six decades, Meyer remains among the most cold tolerant of the zoysia cultivars, extending its growth range into Virginia and Maryland. Slow growing in general, zoysiagrass requires less mowing and PGR use than bermudagrass, making it a lower-maintenance alternative in areas with limited budgets and manpower. Plus, it needs less trimming around golf course bunkers and cart paths, and it is less likely than bermudagrass to encroach into putting greens (or flowerbeds).

When it comes to low maintenance and year-after-year dependability in Mid-Atlantic climates, Meyer makes choosing a zoysiagrass cultivar a breeze. Indeed, Meyer is the “cool-season” zoysia.

Meyer zoysiagrass is a warm-season variety suited for Hardiness Zones 7A, 7B, 8A and 8B.

Zone Map

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Attributes and Benefits

  • Cold tolerant = extended growth range into the northern transition zone.
  • Slow growth = less mowing, edging, clippings and PGR needs.
  • Dark green color = visually pleasing.
  • Moderate drought tolerance = reduced irrigation needs.
  • Medium-width blade = suitable for a rotary mower.
  • Fair shade tolerance = tolerates light shade.

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Best Practices

  • Sunlight Requirement: Grows best in full sun but will tolerate light shade. Requires 5 to 6 hours of sun.
  • Mowing: Best maintained at 0.75” to 1.0” (reel mower) or 1.0” to 3.0” (rotary mower).
  • Fertility: Recommended 2 lbs. N/1,000 ft2/year (none after August).
  • Weed Control: All herbicides labeled for use on zoysiagrass can be safely applied to Buy Sod’s Meyer zoysiagrass. Always follow label instructions.
  • Disease Control: Zoysiagrass can be susceptible to large patch in spring and fall. Use an appropriate fungicide preventatively on high-end applications, or treat curatively on lower-maintenance applications. All fungicides labeled for zoysiagrass can be safely applied to Buy Sod’s Meyer zoysiagrass. Always follow label instructions.
  • Insect Control: Zoysiagrass is naturally resistant to most insects. All insecticides labeled for use on zoysiagrass can be safely applied to Buy Sod’s Meyer zoysiagrass.

Best Uses

  • Golf — fairways, tees and roughs.
  • Landscape — lower-maintenance lawns and commercial landscapes.
  • Parks and recreation areas.

Pedigree

Named in honor of USDA plant explorer Frank N. Meyer, who brought the first zoysiagrass seed to the U.S. from Korea in 1905, Meyer zoysiagrass was released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1951.

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Characteristics Ratings

Fineness of Blades
Wear Tolerant
Speed of Recovery
Heat Tolerance
Drought Tolerance
Cold Tolerance
Shade Tolerance

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