Compadre Zoysia Characteristics
Compadre is from the japonica family of Zoysia grass, it has a medium width leaf, and a dark green colour, and naturally grows more laterally than other Zoysia types.
Compadre Zoysia has all the characteristics of other Zoysia grasses including being very drought tolerant, has very low needs for fertilisers, and has a slow growth rate which requires less lawn mowing than other grasses.
Compadre continues this same list of Zoysia traits with excellent wear and tear capabilities, and excellent resistance to lawn pests and disease, and excellent natural resistance to lawn weeds once the turf is fully established and reaches a higher density after the first two years.
Climate Suitability For Compadre Zoysia
Being a Zoysia japonica, Compadre does have generally good cooler weather tolerance for the Winter, but in order for all of us to have the best lawn for our homes, there are considerations to keep in mind.
Compadre Zoysia will grow and thrive best in all the Northern tropics with complete ease. Compadre will also grow easily down the East Coast as far as Sydney without any real problems. The same is true for the West Coast, where Compadre will do well all the way down to Perth without any problems.
However, once into these transition zones, the Compadre lawn may experience some browning over Winter in some, but not all areas. If Compadre Zoysia is being planted in these cooler southern regions and some Winter browning occurs that the homeowner isn't pleased with, then over-seeding the lawn for Winter is a possible option.
Over-seeding Compadre is easily done with Tall Fescue seed which is raked into the lawn soil in Autumn, the Tall Fescue will later grow into and blend beautifully with with the Zoysia to keep the lawn greener over Winter.
Compadre Zoysia Seed
The most common method of establishing a new Compadre Zoysia lawn is by seed, as there are still limited turf farms growing Compadre at present, while seed is often readily available and can often be shipped around the country.
Compadre Zoysia is equally as good a turf when grown from seed as any lawn from a turf farm. Compadre is a high quality lawn variety.
As the popularity of Zoysia lawns continues to rise to prominence in Australia, more and more Zoysia lawns are starting to be grown on turf farms, as well as being sold as lawn plugs, and hopefully soon we shall see more turf farms begin to sell Compadre as a roll on option as well.
Compadre Zoysia Lawn Plugs
Lawn plugs are another method to establish a new Compadre Zoysia lawn. These plugs are often sold in punnets which are then planted into the new lawn area to later spread to complete coverage.
These may still be difficult to come by for many Australians, with the majority of supply still in the tropics, but as demand grows, Compadre Zoysia plugs are becoming more common around the country.
An online search is often the best place to start to look for Compadre plugs.
Compadre Zoysia Roll On Sod
Once again, Compadre Zoysia sod is difficult to come by for many Australians. This roll on lawn is most readily available in the tropics, and which becomes more difficult to source the further South we live.
We believe the dominance of other heavily advertised grass types such as Buffalo may have a large part to play in this, as well as lack of knowledge of Zoysia lawns by Australians who grew up with the old common favourites of Couch, Buffalo and Kikuyu
Compadre Zoysia Blended With A Cool Season Grass
Compadre was originally bred and developed to be companion planted with Tall Fescue over the Winter, the purpose of this was to give homeowners who lived in transition zones all the wonderful benefits of a Zoysia lawn, as well as a lawn which stays green all year round.
Compadre Zoysia doesn't need blending with Tall Fescue, it is a beautiful lawn all on its own, but it's good to know that if our Compadre lawn does brown off a little in Winter, then we can easily rectify this with over-seeding. And Compadre and Tall Fescue do this beautifully in a way that the grasses blend together and match very well.
Credit and acknowledgment:
Special thanks to Peter Harrison, Principal Scientist of Above Capricorn for his assistance with this article, and for supplying the picture. Above Capricorn promotes and supplies Compadre Zoysia into all states in Australia.