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Friday - April 05, 2013

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Non-Natives, Grasses or Grass-like
Title: Landscaper recommends non-native zoysia in Austin
Answered by: Barbara Medford

QUESTION:

My landscaper recommends using "zoysia" grass throughout my new lawn, in full shade, partly shaded, and non-shaded areas, including in the gaps between leuder stone walks. I haven't heard about this grass in Austin. Is this a good grass?

ANSWER:

We have covered this subject before, and since we are too lazy to type the answer again, please follow these links to previous Mr. Smarty Plants questions about zoysia in Central Texas:

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