Why Choose Cavalier Zoysia Grass

Why Choose Cavalier Zoysia Grass for Your Next Houston Area Project?

Why choose Cavalier Zoysia grass and Emerald Zoysia grass compare to Palisades Zoysia and other grass varieties like St. Augustine grass?  If you have questions about any of our grass varieties or the right grass for your project, please call our office at 281-431-7441. Here’s Houston Grass Owner Michael Romine to talk about why you might choose Cavalier Zoysia grass.

Why Choose Cavalier Zoysia Grass for Your Next Lawn Project

Summary of Why Choose Cavalier Zoysia Grass

This is the 2nd time I’ve ordered zoysia from y’all. Last year I picked up a pallet at your facility – the grass looks great. This recent order was four pallets for my new house, and it was delivered on time. The grass looks great – I can’t wait to see it in the yard. I won’t get my grass from anywhere else.

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Our Cavalier Zoysia grass provides you with a thick, fine-textured lawn with a dark green color. Cavalier has very fine long and narrow leaf blades that set it apart from most other grasses.

It’s very, very fine bladed, and aesthetically it’s very nice looking, it feels nice to walk on. If you can keep it mowed right, it’s like taking care of a lot of grasses.

Cavalier Zoysia Grass Shade Tolerance

Cavalier has very good shade tolerance. It can survive on about four or five hours of direct sunlight per day. The Palisades Zoysia and the Raleigh St. Augustine require six or seven hours of direct sunlight per day. So if you’ve got a fair amount of shade giving you only that four or five hours of direct sunlight, Cavalier could certainly be a good grass.

That four or five hours is an absolute minimum. If you get less than that, trees are going to have to be trimmed or removed or whatever, to be able to get your grass to thrive.

An easy way to tell how much sunlight you get is to go out on a sunny day and take a picture with your phone about every hour or two hours. Then scroll through and see how much light you get in the different areas of your lawn. That makes a lot of difference.

Michael Romine
Cavalier Zoysia Grass - Houston Grass
Cavalier Zoysia Grass – Houston Grass

Cavalier Zoysia grass is highly disease resistant. It’s immune to tropical sod webworms, fall army worms, tawny mole crickets, hunting billbug, and differential grasshoppers. It’s slightly susceptible to the Zoysia grass mite.

Most people are concerned about the leaf thickness and density of the grass when they’re trying to decide between grass varieties. 

Cavalier Zoysia grass and Emerald Zoysia are fine-bladed Zoysias.  If you compare these varieties with Bermuda grass, they’ll look more like Bermuda grass than St. Augustine.  However these Zoysia grasses have a different growing habit than Bermuda grasses.

Cavalier Zoysia Reminds Many of Bluegrass and Fescue Lawns

The Zoysia grasses have a more vertical leaf blade than the Bermuda grasses do.  Bermuda grass and St. Augustine grasses tend to spread out laterally via runners.  The Zoysia grasses look more like the fescues and Bluegrasses that people would see in the more temperate areas of the US.  When people move from those transition zones to the Houston area, they’ll tend to like Cavalier and Emerald Zoysia because of the vertical, thin-bladed look of the grasses left behind.  These are very attractive grass varieties.

A top attribute of Cavalier, just like most Zoysias, is the fact that it grows a little slower, so you don’t have to mow as frequently. It’s got great wear tolerance and drought tolerance.

I still say that it needs an inch of water per week during the growing season, if you want it to be pretty and green. But if ever things get real dry and water becomes an issue, the Cavalier is a grass that can survive longer than a lot of other grasses without water. So that’s something to consider.

Mowing Cavalier Zoysia Grass

The best mowing height for Cavalier is between 1.5 and 2.5 inches. About 2 inches is optimal. It does tolerate mowing as short as 0.5 inches for sports turf and golf turf applications, but it should be mowed two to three times a week if kept that short. Mowing heights over 2.5 inches will reduce the quality of the turf. 

Rotary mowers are preferred for mowing to an inch or higher. Reel mowers are best if you mow your grass shorter than an inch. You should mow every five to seven days during the active growing season and every 10 to 14 days or as needed during the cooler months of the year.  Never cut more than a third of the total length of the grass at any one mowing. You’ll stress your grass if you cut too much at one time.

When people ask us about the best variety of Zoysia grass to buy, and ease of care is a factor in the decision, we try to push them toward the Palisades Zoysia.  However, if the fine-bladed Bluegrass look is important to you, then we deliver the best quality Emerald and Cavalier Zoysia grass available in the Metro Houston area.

Get a Quote for Your Project

Call 281-431-7441 for answers to your questions and a quick quote for your project. When people ask us about the best variety of Zoysia grass to buy, and ease of care is a factor, we try to push them toward the Palisades Zoysia. However, if the fine-bladed look or better shade tolerance is important to you, then we deliver the best quality Emerald and Cavalier Zoysia grass available in the Metro Houston area.

You can pick up your grass at our office in Arcola or we can deliver it to your project site. We also offer professional installation services.

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