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Author(s):Henry, Mike
Author Affiliation:University of California Cooperative Extension, Riverside and Orange Counties
Title:[AMAZOY zoysiagrass]
Source:Turf Tales Magazine. Vol. 6, No. 3, Summer 1999, p. 8.
# of Pages:1
Publishing Information:Van Nuys,CA: Southern California Turfgrass Council
Question:"I saw an ad in the Sunday paper for "AMAZOY" zoysiagrass. Is it a good one for Orange County?"
Source of Question:California
Answer/Response:""AMAZOY" is a brand name for 'Meyer' (Z-52) zoysiagrass marketed by a grower in Maryland. This particular variety was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture back in the 1950s as a warm-season grass for the transition zone of the midwest and east coast. Bermudagrass is often killed out in very cold winters in these areas, but zoysiagrass has a much lower threshold for freezing temperatures in the winter. Here in southern California we are not worried about winter temperatures in the below zero range. 'Meyer' is a poor choice because it remains dormant for a much longer period into spring than varieties developed for this climate. Most people want their lawn green year around, but many warm-season grasses go dormant in the winter. To gain acceptance, breeders have focused on improving the winter color of warm-season grasses for our area. Two new zoysiagrass cultivars, 'DeAnza' and 'Victoria', recently released by UC Riverside, have much shorter dormancy periods than traditional zoysiagrasses. Along the coast, they will hold green color throughout the winter if given proper care. Spring is the best time to plant zoysiagrass to assure full cover by the end of summer when growth slows and color starts to wane. Regular nitrogen fertilization into the fall and winter along with iron will help maintain green color during the cooler months. If sod is too expensive, try stolons, as they provide coverage more quickly than plugs in studies we have done on zoysiagrass establishment."
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Henry, M. 1999. [AMAZOY zoysiagrass]. Turf Tales Mag. 6(3):p. 8.
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