[gardeners] Zoysia?

Terry King (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Tue, 16 Mar 1999 12:43:32 -0600

I have questions for friends of mine who are considering putting in a zoysia 
lawn here in our zone 4b.  Will zoysia be hard enough here, the companies 
claim it is hardy to -40.  Does it really live up to the claims in the brochures?  
Will it grow in the hardpacked ashy clay that we have here?  I mean the 
clay where they want to put this lawn is so hard packed that a regular 
large backhoe can't budge it.  When they cut the pad for their house they 
had to bring in a humongous trackhoe to do the job.  There is no organic 
matter in the clay at all.  They've thrown a few bales of straw over the 
area during the last few years so there is a scant layer of organic matter on 
top but that's it.

Terry King                  North Central Eastern Washington
taeking@televar.com        USDA zone 4, Sunset Zone 1