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Zoysia Grass – For a Better Environment

Zoysia species are native to tropical and temperate parts of south and eastern Asia and the tropics of northern Australia. They form dense mats of grass and are slow, low growing. Zoysias are tough grasses used to surviving with low nutrition and varying water quality.

Tropical Lawns grows four species and one hybrid variety. They grow in tough conditions, with many benefits. If they have a downside, it is that mowing needs to be managed well. Many people see that they are slow and leave mowing for months, then find it very hard to mow. The correct procedure is to mow every three to four weeks, removing one third of the leaf area at a time.

  • Zoysia matrella: Variety Shadetuff. Matrella is native to the seashore north and south of Cairns. Shadetuff variety has dark green colour, very tight sward, low and slow growing, minimal water and fertilizer requirement, as well as being shade and salt tolerant. Shadetuff is a tough grass. It also makes a very attractive feature lawn.
  • Zoysia Japonica, Variety Ozeboy. Not an Australian native, Ozeboy has qualities of being a low and slow grower, with low fertilizer and water demands. It makes a very attractive feature lawn as it has a blue tinge, like Queensland Blue Couch, and needs full sun.
  • Zoysia macrantha, Variety Nara. Native to the Queensland coastline, often in very salty positions, macranthas are usually very slow growing. Nara is a fast growing version, which is coarser than the above species, but still very attractive. It is much more competitive than seashore paspalums, therefore no weed issues. See
  • Zoysia tenuifolia ( No mow grass). Used as an ornamental, 'no mow' thatches into little mounds and is used primarily as a feature in rockeries. It is very slow growing and is not recommended as a lawn grass, but will mow down evenly if done frequently. It is available from Tropical Lawns in pots or as turf.
  • Zoysia ZT-11. A hybrid (cross between matrella and japonica), ZT-11 makes a very attractive, bright lime green feature lawn. It requires little fertilizer, needs little mowing and has some shade tolerance. Tropical Lawns has grown this variety for 10 years and has many repeat clients asking for this grass.

Tropical Lawns is committed to growing and supplying Cairns turf that is suited to tropical conditions, is disease and drought resistant and sustainable for the future. For more information, please contact Tropical Lawns on phone (07) 4056 1740 email

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