zoysia vs. tall fescue (Maryland)
Pros and cons? For a large (>2 acre) property...
From what I can tell:
- hard to keep weeds out of, doesn't form a dense "mat",
-can be erosion prone on slopes
-Still needs a good amount of water in summer
Pros-DENSE, keeps weeds out
-Stays green in heat/dry weather
-lower maintenance (water, fertilizer)
Cons-will invade planting beds
-slow to establish
-brown from late October through April
-not shade tolerant
My other thought...trees, on two fronts. Turf in general can impede tree growth (root space competition, water, nutrients, etc)...but would Zoysia with it's spreading nature and deep roots be harder on young trees' growth than fescue?
Also the shade aspect as the trees grow, of course...