Zoisia (Zoysia japonica)

Who wouldn’t want a lawn in their garden? Perhaps not in all the terrain, but in an area where we want to rest, read or just have a good time with family and/ or friends, it is a very interesting idea without a doubt. But which species to choose? Well, there are many, but this time we recommend Zoysia japonica.

One of the reasons (the rest I will tell you below) is that it is a very resistant plant to footprints, so it is ideal for areas where I pass through. In addition, its maintenance is simple.

Origin and characteristics

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Known as zoisia, zoysia, and in other times magical grass due to the many advantages it presents, it is a species of grass native to Southeast Asia. It is characterized by having lanceolate, green leaves. The flowers are grouped in brown inflorescences, and sprout in spring.

Its roots are powerful, something that allows it to withstand drought better than other plants. Also, this makes other seeds of other herbs can germinate, which makes the maintenance work easier.

What are their cares?

If you want to have a magnificent lawn with Zoysia japonica, we recommend that you keep the following tips in mind:


It is a plant that in order to grow well, it needs to be in an area where the sun hits it directly, but it can also be in semi-shade and even in shade.


It resists drought very well, up to a month, which is why it is one of the most interesting to have on the lawns of Mediterranean gardens, since in this region rainfall is rather scarce. Even so, and to avoid dry ends, it is better to give it at least three to four weekly irrigations during the hottest season, about two a week the rest.

But boy, if one day when it was time to water you forget, you can stay calm since nothing will happen to him .


Although it is a very resistant herb and easy to have healthy, it does not hurt to fertilize it regularly during all the warm months of the year. To do this, you must use specific fertilizers for grass, like this one sold here, following the instructions on the package.

With this type of product, you must always bear in mind that, if you add more than the recommended amount, what is achieved is that the plant suffers irreversible damage. Therefore, before using it, I insist, read the instructions and, thus, you can enjoy a healthy and beautiful lawn.


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By seeds or rhizome cuttings.

Seeds (purchased)

The Zoysia japonica is multiplied by seeds, which are sown in spring as soon as the minimum temperature starts to rise 15 degrees Celsius. But before that, it’s time to prepare the ground:

  1. First you have to install the drip irrigation system.
  2. Then you have to remove the stones, as well as of course the herbs that are growing. Help yourself with a rototiller if the field is wide, or a hoe or motor hoe if it is rather small.
  3. With a rake, and once everything is clean, level the ground. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but the better it is, the better it will look .
  4. OPTIONAL: If you wish, now is a good time to put on anti-weed mesh. But keep in mind that for zoisia to withstand long periods of drought, it needs the soil to be somewhat deep (about 30 centimeters). In case you are going to water it more or less frequently, with a soil of about 20cm and underneath the mesh may have enough.
  5. If you have put in the mesh, pour grass soil over it and then broadcast the seeds, and if not, go directly to sowing. Try not to make piles, otherwise you will have bald areas.
  6. What is done now is to roll, so that the seeds are a little buried.
  7. The next step is to give it a good watering.

Rhizome cuttings

It is the method that is most used at a private level. To do this, you just have to take a piece of grass with roots, and then plant it in another area.


The sods are rolls of grass that are sold ready to plant, or to be cut into pieces and planted ten pieces per square meter, preferably in spring, but can also be done in summer.


It is a grass that does not grow very fast, so a monthly mowing during the warm months, and one every two months the rest of the year is sufficient depending on the climate.


It resists frosts down to -12ºC, but at -5ºC the leaves turn yellow. Likewise, it is very interesting because it also supports salinity (as long as it is not extreme), drought and footfall.

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