An ornamental grass groundcover, Zoysia tenuifolia, is incredibly slow to establish making it ideal as an alternative, no mow lawn.
The variety is known under several names including Mascarene grass, Korean/Japanese velvet grass, Temple grass, Velvet Grass, No mow grass, Min Mow, Kourai grass and even Petting grass (as people like to touch it)!
Growing in full sun to semi-shade, this has a very fine, attractive bright green leaf that develops a unique clumping appearance that is usually left unmown for a freeform natural look. Mow perhaps once a year if you want the “neat” lawn look.
A perennial favourite for no mowing enthusiasts, Zoysia tenuifolia is a low growing grass originating from South East Asia. Karl von Zois, an 18th century Austrian botanist, was commemorated by having the species named after him.
There are several Zoysias but the Zoysia tenuifolia has the finest textured leaf and is the only one considered to be no mow.
Zoysia tenuifolia grows very slowly to about 10cm in height making it ideal for alternative lawns or on slopes.
It has very fine bladed, deep green leaves that have a high thatching characteristic forming lush, soft, gentle mounds.
Full sun or part shade
Grows to around 10cm in height so usually considered no mow
Low to medium water use once established
Once established has moderate drought and light frost tolerance
Fertilise in Spring with a long acting fertiliser
Forms soft, green mounds that provide an interesting “puffy” appearance
Quite happy in hot humid areas
Can be mown once a year for a more trimmed appearance but this is not the sort of lawn for a manicured garden as it is not suited to this sort of treatment as it takes a long time to recover
Develops an extensive root system.
Provides a fantastic interesting architectural feature with its undulating appearance
No mow lawn.
Wonderful for difficult to mow slopes
Use in rockeries as a striking groundcover
Will grow in shadier areas where usual grasses struggle
Great around the base of specimen trees in a courtyard
Use it between pavers forming a low growing, green mat that softens the hardscape
Perfect for green roofs or rooftop gardens
The low gentle mounding effect suits Japanese style gardens.
Low maintenance is great for commercial areas
In pots or garden beds as an alternative living mulch.
There are some reports of Zoysia tenuifolia not being good for traffic as it is so slow in growing. The issue is usually the poor quality of the media in which the plants are growing. When established in a good depth (100-200mm) of quality, friable media, the plants handle moderate traffic well, actually becoming lower and denser with pressure making it an ideal alternative lawn for average household use.
Due to the slow growth rate, growing Zoysia tenuifolia from pots or plugs can take a long time to achieve total coverage and you may have to undertake weeding between the plants.
This is where our Plant Tiles work wonderfully as we have done the hard work for you. No digging holes and waiting for pots to grow together. You can just place the Plant Tiles next to each other on your prepared media to achieve instant full coverage!
The Plant Tiles are only 22mm in depth so will require frequent small waterings until the roots penetrate the media on which they are placed. A fertiliser such as Seasol is useful to encourage root growth. Once established, water more deeply and less frequently.
Great attractive filler grass for between stepping stones in oriental gardens
Experiment to create your bespoke garden sculpture wrapped in Zoysia!
Interested in another plant variety? We grow to order!
Do you have another variety of plant in mind? Contact us to discuss your requirements – it’s likely we’ll be able to grow your particular variety to order.
Discover the Plant Tiles instant alternative lawn system
Showing our unique Plant Tiles of Australasian Native no mow groundcover, Dichondra repens, which makes fantastic instant alternative lawns. Children love to walk and roll on the little lily pad like leaves.