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Zoysia grasses are warm season grasses native to China, Japan and other parts of Southeast Asia. The species was named to commemorate an 18th century Austrian botanist, Karl von Zois .In 1911, Zoysia matrella was introduced into the United States from Manila by a USDA botanist, C. V. Piper. Because of its origin the grass was commonly called Manila grass. A highly versatile species, Zoysia grasses make ideal lawn grasses in some situations and can be used on golf courses, parks and athletic fields. They can be grown in all kinds of soils ranging from sands to clays and both acid and alkaline in reaction .There are three principal species of Zoysia grass used for turf: Zoysia japonica, Zoysia matrella, and Zoysia tenuifolia. These species are differentiated by texture, cold tolerance and aggressiveness.

 Traits of Zoysia grass  

  • Dense turf prevents weed invasion.

  • Green dense turf in summer when cool-season grasses are off-peak.

  • Moderate to Excellent shade tolerant.

  • Good salt tolerance.

  • Resists many insects and diseases.

  • Heat tolerant.

  • Good drought tolerance.

  • Excellent wear tolerance.

  • Tolerates close mowing.

  • Excellent cold tolerance.  

  • Meyer Z-52 Zoysia ( Zoysia japonica ) was developed and released cooperatively by the Crops Research Division, Agriculture Research Service, and the U.S. Golf Association Green Section in 1951. The selection upon release was named Meyer in honor of Frank N. Meyer, a plant explorer for the Department of Agriculture, who made the first collection of Zoysia seed in Korea in 1905. Meyer Z-52 has subsequently been promoted as a grass requiring minimal mowing, fertilization, and irrigation.  It also is resistant to weed encroachment, disease and insects.   Meyer Z-52 forms a very dense, medium textured lawn that has outstanding wear tolerance and cold tolerance. It can be planted in partially shaded areas as it is fairly shade tolerant.  It is a very popular lawn grass that looks best when mowed at 1 1/2" or for golf courses can be mowed to 1/2".

Zorro Zoysia
Zorro Zoysia (Zoysia matrella), after seventeen years of documented research, has become the current #1 Zoysia in the National turfgrass Evaluation Program! Zorro  is an excellent lawn grass and sports turf for golf from the steamy Tropics to deep in the cold of the Transition Zone. This Fine Textured - Small Leaf Bladed Zoysia is early to green-up in the Spring and has great Fall color retention.  Zorro Zoysia tolerates low mowing heights of 3/8" - 1/2" making this variety excellent for fairways, collars, and tees.  It 's shade tolerance, disease resistance, excellent density, dark green color, and adaptability to different mowing heights provides an exquisitely luxurious lawn or a phenomenal playing surface for the golfer as it "tees up" the golf ball.


Bermuda grasses are one of the most commonly used warm-season turfgrasses.

Bermuda grasses (Cynodon species), also called wiregrass or devil grass, are planted throughout the South and into the Transition Zone primarily on golf courses, athletic fields, tennis courts, bowling greens and high-quality lawns. They are highly variable sod-forming perennial with extensive creeping rhizomes and stolons, to 1.5 feet tall. Numerous hybrids and cultivars have been developed, including some that tolerate cooler conditions.  It usually requires full sun and some varieties require frequent mowing (twice weekly during periods of rapid growth).

Bermuda grass is native to Africa where it thrives on fertile soils. Today, most of the Bermuda grasses used for turf are hybrids of two different Cynodon species: C. dactylon and C. transvaalensis.

Traits of Bermuda used as turf:

  • Excellent drought tolerance

  • Excellent wear tolerance

  • Tolerates low mowing (extremely low for ultra dwarf varieties)

  • Heat tolerant

  • Salt tolerant

  • Establishes rapidly

  • Usually poor shade tolerance

DS Super Sports TurfTM, Premier Bermuda

Super Sports Turf is a fine textured hybrid Bermuda that is well suited for use in golf courses, athletic fields, high quality commercial and residential lawns. It is the most dense of all Bermudas and recovers from cleat and golf club divots 50% faster than either Tif Sport or Tifway Bermuda. Because it establishes so fast, it is perfect for sprigging and plugging sports fields and golf courses. One of its redeeming qualities is its dark, dark green color that lasts until a hard freeze causes it to go dormant. Even after a hard, cold winter, Super Sports Turf greens up 3 - 4 weeks before all other Bermudas. If you are looking for the perfect Bermuda, DS Super Sports Turf is the one for you.


Hybrid Bermuda grasses

  • Tif Green 328 / Tif Way 419:These hybrid Bermuda grasses have a dark green color, fine textured leaves, and are tough and durable.  They are low growing resilient turfgrass that are highly tolerant to heat, drought and heavy traffic. They are ideal for homes with full sun, pets and children, since they can take abnormal abuse and recover from the damage.  Other applications are found as the preferred sod for athletic fields, parks and recreation areas.  They are not shade tolerant at all and look best when mowed 1" tall.  Also available in sprigs for golf courses.

St. Augustine
St. Augustine grass, Stenotaphrum secundatum (Walt.) Kuntze, is a perennial robust grass widely used for pastures and lawns. St. Augustine grass is a coarse textured, stoloniferous species that roots at the nodes. Unlike Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass does not have rhizomes. In the U.S., St. Augustine grass is found from the Carolinas to Florida and westward along the Gulf Coast to Texas and in Southern and Central California. Because of its lack of winter hardiness, St. Augustine grass has historically been restricted to areas with mild winter temperatures but Recently developed strains have greatly improved winter hardiness and has allowed the growing area to stretch upward into the Central Transition Zone. St. Augustine is known to be tolerant of high summer temperatures, and St. Augustine grass retains its color at temperatures as much as 10 lower than those which discolor Bermuda grass. 

Majestic St. AugustineTM

Majestic St. AugustineTM, Stenotaphrum Secundatum is similar in nature to semi dwarf St. Augustine's with much shorter blades and closer node spacing than common St. Augustine. Majestic's lush, dark green color, denser and lower growing habits make it the most attractive St. Augustine available. Majestic is extremely shade tolerant and is well suited to Arkansas's varying soils and cold climate. Although Majestic St. AugustineTM goes dormant in the winter months, it still retains 50% of it's dark green color and is the first grass to green up after a cold winter. Majestic St. AugustineTM grown and proven in Arkansas!


Centipede is often times called the "lazy man's" grass because of it's low maintenance requirements.  Centipede is a fairly coarse textured grass with medium green color.  It is leafy in appearance with a low creeping growth habit influenced by an active aggressive stolen root system.  Centipede can be grown on the poorest of soils.  It needs little fertilizer and mowing and grows in shade where Zoysia will not.  Centipede is basically problem free as it is resistant to most insects and diseases. Centipede has been grown on our Searcy, Arkansas farm for 10 years, therefore it has acclimated to our weather.  If you want a grass that looks like St. Augustine but won't winter kill, Centipede is for you.

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