How do 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.
Cavalier Zoysia Produces Very Fine-Bladed Turf
Our Cavalier Zoysia grass provides you with a thick, fine-textured lawn with a dark green color. Cavalier Zoysia grass has very fine long and narrow leaf blades that set it apart from Palisades Zoysia and Emerald Zoysia. Like our Palisades Zoysia grass, our Cavalier Zoysia requires less water and fertilizer than St. Augustine grass.
The shade tolerance of our Cavalier Zoysia is similar to Palmetto St. Augustine grass, but Cavalier Zoysia produces a thicker turf than the St. Augustine 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 Zoysia and Emerald Zoysia because of the vertical, thin-bladed look of the grasses left behind. These are very attractive grass varieties.
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 to 0.875 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.
Emerald Zoysia should be mowed with a reel mower. Since most homeowners don’t have reel mowers and most lawn services don’t either, Emerald Zoysia grass can be more expensive to take care of than the Cavalier Zoysia. 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.
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