Emerald Zoysia in Alpharetta


Fine-Textured Hybrid Zoysia

Emerald zoysia is fine-textured hybrid zoysia that is one of the most attractive of the zoysia grasses. It is well-suited for quality lawns in Alpharetta where regular maintenance and care are provided. Emerald zoysia is less hardy but more shade tolerant than Meyer Zoysia. Emerald zoysia is dark green with fine leaf texture, high shoot density, and a low growth habit. If overfertilized Emerald zoysia will quickly develop excess thatch. Emerald zoysia is also subject to winter injury. Only use Emerald Zoysia for top quality lawns in Alpharetta where good maintenance practices will take place. Georgia’s Atlanta Sod Company strongly encourages only mowing with a reel mower and removing clippings.

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Requirements, Irrigation & Characteristics

Light Requirements:

Emerald Zoysia is the one of the more shade tolerant warm season grasses available in Georgia and the Alpharetta Area. Handling as little as 4 – 5 hours of sun, Emerald Zoysia has been a suitable replacement for many Fescue yards in Metro Atlanta.


Though drought tolerant, to maintain a healthy appearance during the hottest months of summer, Emerald Zoysia needs about 1 to 1 1/4 inches of water a week. On sandy soils it often requires more frequent watering, for example, 1/2 inch of water every third day. A light green-grey color and narrowing of leaves indicate that it is time to water.

  • Hot Weather Tolerance : Excellent
  • Sun Requirement : 4 – 5 hours (Excellent)
  • Wear Resistance : Good
  • Winter Color : Dormant
  • Mowing Height : 1″ – 3″
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