Palisades Zoysia in South Carolina

About Palisades

Caption: Hampton Hall Golf Course – Bunker Surround

Dark green in color, Palisades Zoysia is a vegetative-produced, medium- to coarse-textured, high-density turf noted for its shade tolerance and low water use requirements. Developed by Texas A&M University to withstand drought, Palisades has proven itself to be an excellent choice for low-maintenance landscapes. With its low light requirements, it has also proven useful when addressing shady areas in the landscape.

Its upright growth allows for mowing heights from 3″ down to ½″ for use on golf course fairways, especially where water availability is of concern.

A patented variety, unauthorized propagation is prohibited.

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

Residential Lawn – Charlotte, NC


  • Home Lawns
  • Golf Fairways and Roughs
  • Sports Fields
  • Industrial Parks
  • Highway Medians

Residential Lawn – Lake Murray, SC

General Characteristics

Color and Texture

  • Dark Green in Color
  • Good Fall Color Retention
  • Medium Broad Texture


  • Stolons and Rhizomes


  • Low Water Use
  • Shade Tolerant
  • Cold Hardy
  • Excellent Drought and Heat Tolerance
  • Good to Excellent Salt Tolerance
  • Thrives in a Variety of Soil Profiles Found Throughout the Carolinas and Georgia


  • Aggressive Establishment and Rapid Re-Growth
  • Few Seed Heads Must be Vegetatively Propagated
  • Low Thatching Tendency
  • Vertical Growth Allows for Mowing Heights from 3” Down to ½”

Entrance at The Cliffs at Keowee Springs



Palisades is distinguished from other zoysiagrasses by its aggressive regrowth by rhizomes and stolons, medium-coarse texture and good winter hardiness, tolerance to low mowing, good to excellent shade tolerance, and low water use requirement.

Harvest Cycle

The harvest cycle of Palisades can approach 6–8 months, in contrast to the industry standard “Meyer” which averages 15–24 months.

Salt Tolerance

It has reasonably good salt tolerance. Its area of adaptation extends northward to Central Kansas based on NTEP trials.


Palisades has tested resistant to Pythium and moderately resistant to Rhizoctonia blight. It is moderately resistant to tropical sod webworm, tawny-mole cricket, and zoysia mite, but has tested susceptible to the fall armyworm.

Mow Conditions

It is tolerant to low mow conditions and initiates spring growth earlier in the season.


Palisades will perform well for fairways and roughs of golf courses as well as home lawns and commercial sites.

Residential Lawn – Greenville, SC

Establishment and Maintenance

Palisades can be established as sprigs, plugs, or as solid sod and will require 3–4 pounds of nitrogen per 1000 square feet per year for a highly maintained turf to a more modest 1.5–3 pounds for a high-quality, low-maintenance turf.


  • Palisades is classified as having low irrigation needs, requiring 1–2 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 at Austin Golf Course, Austin, TX.

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