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Palisades, Zoysia japonica, is a vegetatively produced, medium broad textured, high density turf suitable for home lawns, golf fairways and roughs, sports fields, industrial parks and highway medians.

Palisades is a medium to coarse textured turf noted for its shade tolerance and low water use requirements. It tolerates mowing as close as 1/2" with good weed competitions ideally as high as 2" to 2-1/2" for home lawns. Palisades close mowing also makes it ideal for use on golf course fairways especially where water availability is of concern.

Typical Uses

Features and Benefits

• Medium to Coarse

• Uniform

• Stolons and Rhizomes

Environmental Benefits

Other Benefits


Palisades Zoysia was developed by Dr. Milt Engelke and Texas A&M University.

Palisades is distinguished from other zoysia grasses by its aggressive regrowth by rhizomes and stolons, medium-coarse texture, and good winter hardiness, tolerance to low mowing, good-excellent shade tolerance, and low water use requirement. The harvest cycle of Palisades can approach 6-8 months, in contrast to the industry standard "Meyer" which averages 15-24 months. Palisades has reasonably good salt tolerance. Its area of adaptation extends northward to Central Kansas based on NTEP trials. The target market for the Southeast will include those turfs presently being planted to St. Augustine grass. Nationally, Palisades will fit into the golf course market in fairways and roughs, and ringing bunker complexes, and the home lawn industry. Palisades has tested resistant to Pythium and moderately resistant to Rhizoctonia blight. Palisades is moderately resistant to Tropical sod webworm, tawny mole cricket and zoysia mite, but has tested susceptible to the fall armyworm. It is tolerant to low mow conditions and initiates spring growth earlier in the spring. Palisades will perform well for fairways and roughs of golf courses as well as home lawns and commercial sites.

A patented variety, unauthorized propagation is prohibited.

New Life Turf is a licensed producer of Diamond Zoysia in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Establishment and Maintenance

Palisades can be established as sprigs, plugs or as solid sod and will require between 3 and 4 pounds of Nitrogen per 1000 square feet per year for a highly maintained turf, to a more modest 1-1/2 to 3 pounds for a high quality, low maintenance turf. Palisades is classified as having low irrigation needs, requiring one to two deep irrigations per month during dry periods. Higher irrigation frequency will provide excellent quality turf, but may also demand additional fertilization.

Irrigation water should be supplied providing for deep penetration with infrequent application to maximize plant performance and nutrient efficiency.

When maintained as a golf course fairway or sports field, Palisades will require two weekly mowings with a reel mower at heights ranging from 1/2" to 7/8". When utilized for home lawns, the rotary mower will provide quality turf with weekly mowings.

Palisades Zoysia lining the bunkers, Cavalier Zoysia Fairway
Austin Golf Course, Austin, TX
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