zoysia grass
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Zone 2: Zoysia grass (Zoysia spp.)

Traits: This Asian import can tolerate shade, insects, disease, and dryness but goes brown at the first hint of cold weather. Grows slowly; patch damaged areas with sod.

When to plant: April

Newest varieties: 'Meyer,' 'Zenith,' and 'Compadre' are winter-hardy.

Alternatives: Bermuda grass, tall fescue
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