If you live in a dry area, you’ve likely given up on the thought of having a lawn of splendid green grass. And if you have considered a lush lawn, you’ve thought about water bills and increased maintenance. That’s until you plant JaMur Zoysia.
Zoysia grass (spp.) is renowned for its drought resilience, and JaMur Zoysia happens to be the most drought-tolerant of all its cultivars. Growing this turf grass lets you enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, durable, low-maintenance lawn. Still, keeping your JaMur Zoysia turf lush green, dense, and healthy needs the proper care and maintenance practices.
What is JaMur Zoysia?
JaMur Zoysia is a Zoysia grass cultivar popular for its superior drought tolerance compared to other Zoysia grass sub-varieties. It forms thick, blue-green turf that’s not only visually appealing but also excellent wear tolerance due to its quick recovery/regrowth rate.
Apart from its emerald shade, you can identify JaMur Zoysia by its medium-coarse textured blades. This turfgrass species also has rolled vernation, and the blades attach directly to the sheath since it lacks auricles.
This turfgrass variety goes dormant in the winter, with the leaf blades turning brown. However, it retains better color if a winterizer/fertilizer is applied in the fall.
Due to its great drought tolerance, this warm-season turf grass doesn’t need much water to survive and will still thrive in total sunlight exposure. JaMur Zoysia also forms highly compact turf, leading to a rapid growth rate.
Note: JaMur Zoysia thrives in full sunlight. However, it also tolerates moderate shade conditions.
What are benefits of JaMur Zoysia grass?
JaMur Zoysia grass is relatively low-maintenance, has great wear-hardiness/traffic tolerance, and is weed resistant. Other advantages include its lower rate of thatch buildup and its decent cold tolerance.
It’s a low-maintenance turfgrass.
Compared to common turf grasses, JaMur Zoysia requires less water for survival. This quality makes it both drought-tolerant and heat-tolerant. In arid places such as Arizona, Nevada, and Texas, where water supply is sometimes limited, JaMur Zoysia is a great turfgrass choice to help conserve water and reduce water bills.
Not only does JaMur Zoysia have reduced water needs, but it also requires fewer nutrients than other similar turf grasses to survive. It’s able to thrive with minimal fertilizer. If you’re looking for a turf that stays beautiful despite minimal maintenance, JaMur Zoysia grass should be at the top of your mind.
Remember, lower maintenance requirements translate into lower maintenance costs. You don’t have to hire a landscaping professional often to mow or dethatch your JaMur Zoysia grass lawn.
Note: JaMur Zoysia exhibits slow vertical growth and stays close to the ground despite forming dense turf, adding to its reputation as a low-maintenance turfgrass.
It has excellent traffic tolerance.
JaMur Zoysia can withstand heavy traffic due to its fast recovery rate from injury and its dense growth pattern. JaMur Zoysia spreads fast via underground runners called rhizomes, and above-ground shoots called stolons. As such, it can self-repair quickly via rhizomes injury to the top growth and the stolons due to heavy traffic.
Note: JaMur Zoysia is a Zoysia species with coarse-textured leaf blades, a factor that also contributes to its excellent wear tolerance and durability. Its remarkable traffic resilience and turf density make it a good turfgrass option for sports venues.
It has superior weed resistance.
Due to its dense texture, JaMur Zoysia turfgrass can choke out weeds. This Zoysia grass cultivar efficiently crowds out common broadleaf weeds like clover, henbit, dandelion, and chickweed.
It forms less thatch.
Compared to other Zoysia grass cultivars, JaMur Zoysia forms less thatch. As a result, air, water, sunlight, and fertilizer nutrients easily reach the soil and roots for healthier turf. Less thatch also means less need for dethatching, a process that causes considerable turfgrass injury.
Since JaMur Zoysia grass forms minimal thatch, you’ll get the advantages of thatch, such as more soil moisture and reduced chances of frost damage, without suffering the consequences of excessive thatch buildup.
Warm-season grasses like Zoysia aren’t known to be cold-resilient. They become dormant in the winter, with the leaf blades turning brown. However, JaMur Zoysia has better good cold tolerance than other warm-season grasses. Also, it retains its color longer into the cold season if fertilized in the fall.
It’s versatile in diverse environments.
JaMur Zoysia grass is also a versatile turfgrass species that can survive in different soil conditions. It has decent salt tolerance allowing it to grow in saline soil conditions. As a result, JaMur Zoysia maintains its quality and appearance when grown in saline soil conditions.
It improves home value.
Landscaping aspects such as the quality of your lawn, patio, or driveway influence your home’s market value in the real estate market. A sea of actively growing, lush, blue-green JaMur Zoysia grass is a very convincing add-on to a prospective buyer looking for a home.
Tips JaMur Zoysia care and maintenance?
To effectively care for and maintain your JaMur Zoysia grass turf, stick to proper irrigation, mowing, and dethatching requirements. We recommend spot treating with the right fertilizers, herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides.
JaMur Zoysia has minimal irrigation requirements. You only need 1-1.25 inches of water per week to keep it looking lush, dense, and healthy, even during the hottest summer days.
It’s best to water this turfgrass variety during the morning hours, as late-night irrigation can lead to fungal infestation. If you have fast-draining lawn soil such as sandy soil, water your JaMur Zoysia lawn more often. We recommend 0.5 inches of water every three days.
Note: Underwatered JaMur Zoysia develops thinner blades with a lighter shade of green and is more vulnerable to disease.
When JaMur Zoysia grass grows in the spring and summer, keep the mowing height at 2 inches. This turfgrass variety forms a dense turf, making it difficult to mow if they grow to 3 inches or more. After mowing your JaMur Zoysia lawn, it’s advisable to leave the grass clippings on the lawn to provide nutrients.
Note: JaMur Zoysia clippings decompose quickly, supplementing up to 25% of the lawn’s nutrient requirements.
JaMur Zoysia turf grass has minimal fertilizer requirements and should only be fed three times per year. In the spring, we recommend a weed and feed product containing a re-emergent herbicide to feed the lawn while also preventing weed invasion just as the grass is starting to green.
You should apply an NPK fertilizer during the summer to provide all the essential nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) for healthy turf growth.
Use a Nitrogen fertilizer with a weed preventer in the spring.
Finally, in the fall, we recommend a weed and feed fertilizer/winterizer to boost the turf’s cold tolerance while also suppressing cool-season weeds.
Note: The recommended application rate of nitrogen fertilizer for JaMur Zoysia turf grass is 1-2 pounds per 1000 square feet.
JaMur Zoysia and other Zoysia grass varieties are vulnerable to various annual grassy weeds like crabgrass. Apply a pre-emergent weed killer early in the growing season (late winter-early spring) to prevent grassy weeds from overwhelming your lawn in the summer.
Meanwhile, we recommend a selective post-emergent for broadleaf weeds that are already growing on your JaMur Zoysia turf.
Ensure the product labeling indicates that it’s safe for use on Zoysia grass. You don’t want to kill your desirable turfgrass.
JaMur Zoysia is not highly susceptible to fungal and pest infestations. However, sometimes the grass suffers from Rhizoctonia fungal infestation. Spittlebug infestations are rare. A commercial fungicide or pesticide/insecticide product is the best remedy against both problems.
JaMur Zoysia doesn’t accumulate too much thatch. However, in the rare case that the thatch layer exceeds ½ inches, consider dethatching the lawn for better air, water, fertilizer, and sunlight intake. Dethatching is best done using a power rake or a vertical lawnmower.
Note: irrigate and lightly fertilize the lawn for quicker recovery to minimize JaMur Zoysia turfgrass injury after dethatching.
- Clemson University- Home and Garden Information Center: Zoysia Grass
- Md. Kamal Uddin and Abdul Shukor Juraimi: Salinity Tolerance Turfgrass: History and Prospects