by johnah on November 9, 2020
Removing Zoysia Grass: How To Contain Zoysia Grass
Zoysa grass (Zoysia spp.) is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows wild in many parts of the world.
It has been used medicinally since ancient times. Its leaves are eaten raw or cooked and its seeds are used to make a tea called zoysirosa which is popular in some African countries where it’s native. It is a common weed in gardens and lawns all over the world.
The plant contains alkaloids such as quillaja, zizyphus, zoysirosa, and others. They have been used traditionally for their sedative effects.
The most well known use of zoysia grass is its ability to control pests like aphids and scale insects that attack plants. However, there are other uses as well. For example, zoysia grass is often added to watermelon juice to keep the fruit fresh longer. Zoysia grass may also be sprinkled on flowers to repel aphids.
In fact, zoysia grass is so effective at controlling pests that it was banned in several European countries because of its potential negative health effects. In Africa, however, it remains widely used as a pesticide.
Zoysia grass is a popular ingredient in skin creams, and it has been used to treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. It is also a popular ingredient in eye drops and has been used to treat glaucoma. In both instances the chemicals in zoysia grass are absorbed into the skin and eyes and help remedy the conditions.
Zoysia grass can be ingested or applied to skin and can also be smoked or consumed as an herbal tea to achieve the desired effects. It is generally sold as a dried herb, but when taken in large doses it can produce intense hallucinations and delirium.
The risks of overdose are high, and there have been several cases of people dying after taking large amounts of zoysia grass, even when taken under medical supervision.
If you’ve got zoysia grass growing in your yard, it is best to remove the plant completely. Since zoysia grass spreads through seeds, flowers, and runners, you may have to be persistent.
The best way to start is to use a shovel or garden spade to remove the plant completely from its roots. Then use some kind of herbicide containing glyphosate or triclopyr to kill off any new sprouts or seedlings that grow in its absence.
If you don’t want to remove it completely, you can always try to contain it. A simple barrier of thick plastic, stones, or wood will keep the zoysia grass from spreading too far.
Even if it grows over the barrier it can still be cut down to size periodically.
If you want to keep plants and vegetables free of pests, consider planting marigolds. They’re said to effectively control nematodes, whiteflies, and aphids.
Zoysia grass is a real pain in the lawn. It grows rampantly and can quickly take over your yard, garden, or whatever else it’s growing in.
If you want to keep it from spreading in the first place, consider planting something else in that area to help keep it in check.
If you’ve got a bad case of zoysia grass and want it gone as quickly as possible without using potentially dangerous chemicals, consider calling a professional lawn care company. These days there are plenty of eco-friendly options for killing off grass.
When I was a little girl, I had a jasmine bush growing outside my bedroom window. In the Spring the scent would drift into my room as the sun rose.
The scent was so strong and sweet that it often filled me with a peaceful calmness. It made me feel safe and happy.
That jasmine bush was destroyed when I was ten years old. We moved into a new house, and my mom accidentally planted tulips in that spot.
The flowers were pretty, but they couldn’t compare to the jasmine. I always felt sad when the tulips bloomed. They didn’t smell as nice.
I always regretted that we planted those tulips, but it was too late to correct our mistake. We couldn’t exactly dig up the bulbs and move them without destroying everything in their path.
Sources & references used in this article:
Meyer zoysiagrass regrowth from sod debris as influenced by herbicides by PH Dernoeden, MJ Carroll – HortScience, 1992 – journals.ashs.org
Nonchemical annual bluegrass (Poa annua) management in zoysiagrass via fraise mowing by JT Brosnan, GK Breeden, JM Zobel, AJ Patton… – Weed …, 2020 – cambridge.org
Production of herbicide-tolerant zoysiagrass by Agrobacterium-mediated transformation by K Toyama, CH Bae, JG Kang, YP Lim… – Molecules and …, 2003 – pdfs.semanticscholar.org