The following features and benefits of the grass varieties below is based on second hand information from the various sod farm and personal experience and observation. Please note we are a landscaping company and supply from several different sod farms.

[On a side note, I am all for healthy competition between landscapers and healthy competition between sod farms-it helps the economy and everyone wins. Without calling out any sod suppliers names, I can tell you there is a large corporate sod/seed company out there trying to buy up all the small local sod farms and monopolize the sod business of Atlanta area. They are an interstate chain store(kind of like Walmart and McDonalds) centrally controlled in another state. Therefore, you won’t be supporting the local Atlanta economy. How does this affect you? This particular company’s prices of sod has been increasing dramatically over the years and just noticed they  marked up the sod by another $50 per pallet as of January 2016; therefore, driving up your cost and my cost. I think the employees who work at there local offices are great people, but they have no control over costs. With their increased expansion, means more employees to control , and the quality of service is starting to suffer.

Luckily, I have  developed a partnership with smaller emerging sod farms who are striving to give better service and make it a win-win deal for you the customer as well as the landscaper/sod installer. With our partnership, we are now acting as an extension helping them sell sod even if we are not doing the installation. ]

Geo and Zeon Zoysiathese are 2 different names but the exact same type of grass. Depending on what sod supplier we use. It has a different name because one grower has a patented name on “Zeon” while the other grower has a patented name on “Geo“.

  • Highest quality grass also the high end price point
  • thin grass blades and very thick making it the most weed resistant
  • slowest grower- won’t have to cut grass as frequently
  • the most shade tolerant warm season grass-needs a minimum of 3 hours of sunlight
  • goes dormant in winter time after first freeze.
  • Pallets cover 504 sq ft from most suppliers
  • Received  the most positive feedback from customers claiming it is the lowest maintenance

Maintenance for Geo/Zeon:
After the establishment period is over, keep a regular schedule of watering and mowing, and we think that you will be extremely pleased with the quality of your turf. Recommended mowing height is ½ to 1½ inches. Follow recommendations on the soil test report. If the soil was not tested, use any turf fertilizer and follow label rates. Do not apply nitrogen containing fertilizers until the soil temperature at 4-inch depth is 65 degrees Fahrenheit and rising. Soil tests can be conducted through your county extension agent.”

Emerald Zoysia:

  • similar appearance to Geo and Zeon zoysia (has thin grass blades and similar color tone)
  • Requires an average minimum of 4 hours of sunlight.
  • More prone to weeds compared with Zeon/Geo Zoysia
  • Lower price point than Geo/Zeon zoysia
  • goes dormant in winter after first freeze

Zenith and Meyers Zoysia: These are distinguishably different type of zoysia yet have a similar price point, quality level, and both have thick grass blades.

  • Lowest price point of the zoysia varieties
  • needs a minimum of 4 hours of sunlight.
  • Thickest grass blades of the zoysia varieties. Zenith has a slightly larger grass blade (similar size blade to St Augustine or Centipede)
  • Warm season grass that goes dormant in winter after first freeze but greens up again in springtime.

Tif Way Bermuda:

  • Require 6 to 8 hours of sunlight (full sun)
  • A fast creeper ( if you have a bare spot in ground it can self repair and become full again with fertilizer and care–if it meets the sunlight requirements)

Celebration Bermuda: require at least 6 hours of sunlight.

Discovery Bermuda:  requires 5 hours of sunlight.

St Augustine: A very thick blade warm weather grass. Not a popular seller in the Atlanta area. More suited for warmer climates of South Georgia and Florida. We noticed a lot of people called in the Spring of 2014 asking to replace their St Augustine that was dead due to freezing temperature. Most other types of grasses survived the cold.

Photos of a Geo Zoysia below:
Clifton Rd Atlanta, Ga 30307
In this pic we have done most of the prep work by removing previous grass
 This pic is the work in progress and you can see how thick and lush these pieces of zeon zoysia are.
Here is the finished product- the sod is laid and this customer says all the pieces grew together fast and is looking even better.
Here is are before/after pics of a geo zoysia installation in 2012 in Decatur: