The Seeds Of Zenith & Compadre Zoysia Grass
Zenith and Compadre ( formerly named Companion) are two of the newest "seeded" type improved Zoysia varieties on the market. They both are very similar when viewed "visually". Both varieties are slightly
wider in leaf width than Meyer Zoysia. In most cases you will not be able to tell the difference between Compadre & Zenith. Both of the seeded varieties are a little more open than Meyer, but
have similar color and rank in many tests as superior to Meyer which is a vegetative type. Both Compadre and Zenith are pure (raw) seeds (Some Zenith seed packages have a very light coating ) - This is a good thing providing you with more seeds in the package.
Differences Between Zenith & Compadre Zoysia Grass
slightly darker than Zenith, and Zenith is a brighter,
shinier green than Compadre.
- During spring
and summer growing season, both Compadre and Zenith
have been beating Meyer steadily in trials for superior
Green-up - In
the more northern planting zones, Compadre greens up
slightly earlier than Zenith - in southern, warmer
planting zones they green up at the same time.
Habit - Zenith
tends to be a more upright growing variety, while
Compadre tends to grow more laterally. But again,
this is not a huge difference in appearance. Both
growth habits come out dense so they both compete well
Fescue blending - This should work equally well with both varieties. Adding in Tall Fescue should ONLY be done once the Zoysia is established. This is done in Northern state locations to create a more "year-round" green lawn. Do NOT plant other grasses (Fescue included) at the same time you plant Zoysia seeds.
- Planting Areas: Note that seeded Zoysia is ONLY for establishing in new lawn / bare soil areas.
Use plugs if you need to put Zoysia into a new lawn or
shaded areas (seeds are more difficult to get
germination to occur properly in shade conditions).
- Leaf Width - About the same, both Zenith and Compadre.
- Planting Rates - Same for
both varieties - 1 to 2 lbs. per 1000 sq. ft.
Detailed Information On Both Zoysia Varieties Found At These Links:
Difference between Compadre & Zenith -
Note that both of these varieties are IMPROVED over common
Zoysia and offer better turf quality over the common Chinese
types often sold as "Panda, Sunrise, or "Zen Brand" Bermuda
Bottom line... you can't go wrong
with either variety! In fact some Turf Agronomist's say the best
option is to plant a blend of both! - Both Compadre &
Zenith offer superior improvements in a seeded Zoysia.
the comparison of Zenith Zoysia with Vegetative (sod) Zoysia.
Zoysia Grass Winter Color & Over Seeding
Zoysia grass goes "off color" at temps
below 55-60 degrees and becomes a slightly grayish / green
color. To return to active growth and produce green leaves
it will need at least 10 days of temperatures in the 80's. At freezing temperatures with frost, Zoysia grass will turn brown and go dormant. Again normal growth and green color will return when temperatures reach
80° for an extended time period (usually 10 days). Most people label the winter
"dormant" color as golden brown. Overseeding with Tall
Fescue is difficult to achieve because of the dense sod created by zoysia grass,
but with proper planting (slit seeding) and maintenance can
often work in Northern lawns.
Ryegrass is generally NOT
recommended for overseeding as it can actually kill the small
zoysia seedlings. Completely eradicate or kill any ryegrass on planting site
before planting zoysia seeds (Note: -- read & follow instructions on all chemical containers).
Overseeding St. Augustine Grass With Zoysia Grass
It is is generally not recommended to overseed St. Augustine grass with Zoysia grass seed as the success rate is very low.
SEED USE NOTICE
Please note that we ONLY
recommend Zoysia seeds for use in bare soil areas.
Planting seeds into existing grasses has a HIGH
FAILURE rate. If planting into an existing lawn (grass and/or weeds) we recommend that you consider using Zoysia Grass plugs instead of
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