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Posted: 4/24/2009 12:53:01 PM EST
Are there any alternatives to zoysia grass? I have some bare spots in my backyard, mostly from grubs, and a few from the dogs. I can't put down soil & seed, as the dogs will dig it up. I can't put down Scott's Patchmaster (which I use in the front), because the dogs will dig it up and possibly eat it.

Zoysia plugs are a compelling option, but Nebraska is a questionable area for it in terms of climate. My lawn also borders my neighbor's yard, and I don't want to take over her lawn with zoysia.

Sod is an option, I guess, but it's a bit expensive and time consuming.

Are there any other species of creeping grasses that work like zoysia?
Link Posted: 4/24/2009 3:43:57 PM EST
Link Posted: 4/24/2009 3:45:27 PM EST
I went with with bare dirt and sandspurs. Coming along right nicely.
Link Posted: 4/24/2009 4:59:00 PM EST
Bermuda is a warm season grass like Zoysia. Should also be much more durable than Zoysia as it grows very aggressively.

If it was me, and I was living in NE, I would just reseed the entire yard with Tall Fescue. Would work better with the climate.
Link Posted: 4/24/2009 5:05:28 PM EST
Ky 31 fescue is my favorite. next is centipede grass fo rmy area. never plant bermuda..it is invasive....i WISH I could grow zoisia here.
Link Posted: 4/24/2009 5:39:53 PM EST
I like Centipede. I have that godawful Bahaia grass here in FL and I'm slowly replacing it with Centipede. It is easy to establish from seed if it's watered twice a day for a month, and plugs are great too, if you have time to wait. Centipede also doesn't like much fertilizer, which is a plus. Forget Bermuda. I've got a ton of it that I'll be killing off this year with a generic version of Poast. The Bermuda takes too much care to look nice and spreads everywhere.
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