Compadre Zoysia Grass Seed - Warm Climate Grass Seed

Compadre Zoysia Grass Seed

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Compadre Zoysia Grass

Zoysia Grass Seed: You can't lose with Compadre Zoysia grass. A zoysia grass you can plant from seed, Compadre Zoysia grass seed can be used on any turf grass project that is specified for Zoysia grass use. This variety is an excellent choice to replace common Zoysia or over-seed other Zoysia brands or varieties, as well as a good substitution for some of the vegetative varieties. Use zoysia grass on golf course tees, fairways, roughs, sports fields, schools, parks and home lawns can all use Zoysia Compadre for high quality turf.

Leaf Texture: Compadre Zoysia grass will have a leaf width and turf texture more similar to that of Meyer vegetative Zoysia, a medium to medium-fine textured turf grass variety depending on how thick it is seeded.

Mowing: Established Compadre Zoysia turf grass is generally mowed weekly between 1/2 inch and 2 1/2 inches height depending on turf use. With more frequent mowing, the finer textured seeded Zoysiagrasses have been successfully maintained at lower mowing heights - as low as 3/8 inch (9 mm). More frequent mowing will also increase the turf density of any of the Zoysia grass cultivars.

Seed Planting Recommendations: Broadcast zoysia grass seed at or very near the soil surface and incorporate very lightly with raking, a light mulch covering or a roller. Zoysia grass seed needs light to germinate, so the grass seed should be at or very near the surface of the soil for the best germination results. A planting depth of 1/4 inch (5 mm) or shallower gives the best germination results - a deeper planting depth will prolong the germination and establishment time. With the Zoysia seed so close to the surface, it should be watered quite frequently with light water applications until germination is complete - this will keep the seedlings from drying out as they sprout. A soil temperature of 70 - 80 deg.F (18-25 deg.C) at a 2 inch depth will give the most immediate germination results for warm climate grass seed. A soil pH between 6.5 and 7.0 is optimum.

Rate of Spread: All Zoysia grass varieties spread by surface stolons and underground rhizomes. The presence of rhizomes also increases the hardiness of the variety, for winter survival or drought tolerance. Some vegetative varieties have few rhizomes, mostly spreading by surface stolons or runners. With quality and uniformity at a fraction of the cost for plugs, sprigs or sod, Compadre Zoysiagrass seed is primed for quick germination and establishment and is much faster and easier than sprigs or plugs providing full turf cover in 10 to 14 weeks. Zoysia grass Compadre is a top performer under drought, salt and other stress conditions. It provides early spring green-up, later fall green color and is disease and insect resistant.

Turf Grass Quality, Color & Density: Zoysia species and cultivars vary widely in their density, texture, color and other turf grass quality characteristics. Compadre Zoysia grass is noted for its darker green color and improved density as well as longer lasting green in the fall and earlier green in the spring.

Here is a quick chart to help you compare between Zenith Zoysia Grass Seed and Compadre Zoysia Seed. The checkmark designates the better grass (may be slight difference) for the description. For example, if frost tolerance/winter kill is your primary concern then you would want to buy Zenith. If disease resistance to dollar spot is your primary concern then you would want to buy Compadre.

Zenith vs. Compadre
Description Zenith Compadre
Genetic Color  
Color - Sept. & October  
Color - Winter  
Spring Green-up  
Leaf Texture  
Density - Spring  
Density - Summer  
Density - Fall  
Frost Tolerance/Winter Kill  
Seedhead Ratings  
Mowing Quality
Disease - Dollar Spot  
Disease - Brown Patch  
Disease - Mole/Cricket  


  • New turf: Sow Compadre Zoysia grass seed at 1 - 2 pounds per 1,000 square feet or 40 - 80 lbs/acre for broadcast seeding
  • Plant Zoysia grass seed when soil temperature reaches 70 degrees in spring up until a minimum of 10 weeks before frost in fall