Zorro Zoysia, ranked #1 among Zoysia in the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP), is a Zoysia matrella that is vegetatively propagated and genetically stable and uniform. Developed by Dr. M.C. Engelke and Texas A&M University, Zorro Zoysia is distinguished from other Zoysia grasses by its fine texture., high rhizome and tiller density, moderate drought tolerance, shade tolerance and rapid regrowth and recovery from damage. Zorro Zoysia tolerates close and frequent mowing making it applicable for sports fields, greens collars, tee boxes and fairways on golf courses. It is also great for residential and commercial lawns under either full sun or moderate shade in the southern United States. Zorro Zoysia also has sufficient winter hardiness to be used in open ares south of the missouri River Valley and the Appalachian Mountain Range, Zorro Zoysia has good defensive traits with genetic resistance to hunting billbug, fall armyworm, brown patch, yellow patch and Zoysia rust.
Good Fall Color Retention
Very Fine Blade
Dense Blade Growth
Withstands normal foot traffic and animal use.
Recovery from damage is much faster than
St.Augustine and Centipede.
Better than Meyer Zoysia on drought tolerance and wilt.
Adaptable to varying climates of the Southern US
Rated for USDA zones 7 to 10
Up to 60 percent shade
Very resistant to Fall Army Worms, Hunting Bill
Bug, Rust, Dollar Spot and Brown Patch. Better
than Meyer Zoysia on drought tolerance.
Requires less than 3 lbs of nitrogen per 1000
sq ft per year. Greens up early and is one of
the last zoysias to go dormant in the fall.
Good on a variety of soil types
(sand, sandy loam,clay)
Constant pet traffic can be a problem for Zorro.
Pre-Emergent application times for Zorro
are generally earlier than other zoysias.
Chemical pre-emergent need to be applied
in January and no later than the second
week in February to insure no damage to turf
during spring green up