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Caring for Zoysia Grass Mowing When grass has grown to at least 1/3 of an inch higher than the recommended height of 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches (i.e., grass has grown to 3 inches tall versus a recommended height of 2 inches), begin mowing. The dense growth pattern of zoysia grass, combined with mowing, will keep weeds at bay. Additional Care Tips Avoid removing more than 1/3 of the total grass blade length at any single mowing to keep your grass thick and healthy. Increase your mowing height in summer months to reduce grass stress. Remove thatch on a periodic basis as it accumulates. Excessive thatch can block water, sun and fertilizer from reaching the soil. Remove thatch in early spring before the grass begins to turn green again. Remove thatch by raking or mowing with a bagger once you have completed dethatching. CautionWhen using lawn treatments or lawn care products, always follow package directions regarding proper clothing, protective equipment, application procedures and safety precautions.

Zoysia Grass Care

Plant and Care for Zoysia Grass Zoysia is a great choice for warmer climates. Zoysia grass is a soft, dense, attractive home turfgrass option. When established and properly cared for, zoysia is heat- and drought-resistant and can stand up to heavy foot traffic.
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Zoysia Grass Care

Seeding Instructions for Zoysia Grass The ideal time to plant zoysia is in mid- to late spring (after the final frost) or early summer. It can also be planted in fall, a minimum of 60 days before the first frost is expected. Beyond this point, any seed planted may not survive the winter, due to insufficient time to establish in the ground before cold weather arrives. Seeding a New Lawn Step 1 Start with a soil test to be sure your soil has the proper nutrients it needs for a healthy lawn. The pH should be between 5.8 and 6.5. Apply fertilizer and soil amendment at the test’s recommended rates. If you can’t conduct a soil test, apply a complete lawn fertilizer according to the recommended rates on the packages. Step 2 Prepare the soil by loosening to a depth of 1 to 2 inches. Step 3 Rake the soil surface smooth to give the seed an ideal bed to establish healthy roots. Step 4 Sow the grass seed by evenly spreading according to the recommended seeding rates using a drop or broadcast spreader. Lightly rake, harrow or otherwise work the seed into the soil no more than ¼ of an inch deep. Adequate light will ensure faster germination. Step 5 Keep the area well-watered until the seeds germinate and the seedlings have grown sufficiently to establish a lawn, then water as needed. If necessary, thinly apply a mulch product to prevent erosion of the seed while still allowing adequate light to reach the seed. Seeding an Existing Lawn Step 1 Determine the condition of your lawn. If 50% of the lawn is still good (not bare of grass or full of weeds), it’s best to basically start over. If your lawn is in better shape, skip the spraying steps and concentrate on aerating and overseeding. Step 2 Spray the existing grass with a nonselective herbicide labeled for lawn use. Step 3 Wait at least seven days to make certain all the grass is killed. Re-apply herbicide to areas that aren’t completely dead. Step 4 Using a standard lawn mower, mow the dead grass close to the ground. If there isn’t excess dead organic matter (i.e., clippings, leaves, twigs, etc.), allow the clippings to remain on the ground as a mulch covering the seed, which can be beneficial. Step 5 Aerate the area thoroughly. (Wait at least seven days after the final spraying.) Step 6 Plant the seed mixture according to the coverage rate on the package, making certain the seed is spread evenly across the area. Step 7 Water daily for 30 days, keeping the seedbed moist at all times. Step 8 After seedlings emerge and grass is established, reduce watering frequency and water only as needed.
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Zoysia Grass Care

Mowing When grass has grown to at least 1/3 of an inch higher than the recommended height of 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches (i.e., grass has grown to 3 inches tall versus a recommended height of 2 inches), begin mowing. The dense growth pattern of zoysia grass, combined with mowing, will keep weeds at bay. Additional Care Tips Avoid removing more than 1/3 of the total grass blade length at any single mowing to keep your grass thick and healthy. Increase your mowing height in summer months to reduce grass stress. Remove thatch on a periodic basis as it accumulates. Excessive thatch can block water, sun and fertilizer from reaching the soil. Remove thatch in early spring before the grass begins to turn green again. Remove thatch by raking or mowing with a bagger once you have completed dethatching.

Zoysia Grass Care

Zoysia is a great choice for warmer climates. Zoysia grass is a soft, dense, attractive home turfgrass option. When established and properly cared for, zoysia is heat- and drought-resistant and can stand up to heavy foot traffic.
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Zoysia Grass Care

A: It’s a good thing your lawn grass can’t read fertilizer bag labels. Confused grass turns yellow and dies no matter what you do for it! It makes little difference which fertilizer you buy as long as it is labeled for use on a lawn. Occasionally there is a reason to use a specific analysis, such as 15-0-15 on centipede grass. For fescue, Bermuda and zoysia grass, if the numbers on the bag are similar, make your decision based on price. The better brands are formulated to have some percentage of “slow release” nitrogen.
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Zoysia Grass Care

When grass has grown to at least 1/3 of an inch higher than the recommended height of 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches (i.e., grass has grown to 3 inches tall versus a recommended height of 2 inches), begin mowing. The dense growth pattern of zoysia grass, combined with mowing, will keep weeds at bay.
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Zoysia Grass Care

Seeding an Existing Lawn Step 1 Determine the condition of your lawn. If 50% of the lawn is still good (not bare of grass or full of weeds), it’s best to basically start over. If your lawn is in better shape, skip the spraying steps and concentrate on aerating and overseeding. Step 2 Spray the existing grass with a nonselective herbicide labeled for lawn use. Step 3 Wait at least seven days to make certain all the grass is killed. Re-apply herbicide to areas that aren’t completely dead. Step 4 Using a standard lawn mower, mow the dead grass close to the ground. If there isn’t excess dead organic matter (i.e., clippings, leaves, twigs, etc.), allow the clippings to remain on the ground as a mulch covering the seed, which can be beneficial. Step 5 Aerate the area thoroughly. (Wait at least seven days after the final spraying.) Step 6 Plant the seed mixture according to the coverage rate on the package, making certain the seed is spread evenly across the area. Step 7 Water daily for 30 days, keeping the seedbed moist at all times. Step 8 After seedlings emerge and grass is established, reduce watering frequency and water only as needed.
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Step 1 Determine the condition of your lawn. If 50% of the lawn is still good (not bare of grass or full of weeds), it’s best to basically start over. If your lawn is in better shape, skip the spraying steps and concentrate on aerating and overseeding. Step 2 Spray the existing grass with a nonselective herbicide labeled for lawn use. Step 3 Wait at least seven days to make certain all the grass is killed. Re-apply herbicide to areas that aren’t completely dead. Step 4 Using a standard lawn mower, mow the dead grass close to the ground. If there isn’t excess dead organic matter (i.e., clippings, leaves, twigs, etc.), allow the clippings to remain on the ground as a mulch covering the seed, which can be beneficial. Step 5 Aerate the area thoroughly. (Wait at least seven days after the final spraying.) Step 6 Plant the seed mixture according to the coverage rate on the package, making certain the seed is spread evenly across the area. Step 7 Water daily for 30 days, keeping the seedbed moist at all times. Step 8 After seedlings emerge and grass is established, reduce watering frequency and water only as needed.
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Water to supplement rainfall shortages only. Avoid fixed timer irrigation settings. Though drought tolerant, Zoysia best performs when it receives approximately 1 inch of water per week. If one or more inches of rainfall occur in a week, additional irrigation is not necessary. (Example: if 1/2 inch of rain occurs within a growing week, apply 1/2 inch by irrigation.) Do not waste water by over watering; avoid run-off and standing water for any period of time. (How and When to Water)

The basic maintenance for Zoysia lawns will be dependant upon soil fertility, rainfall, full sun or shadier area, grown north or south. Good soil fertility, full sun, high rainfall, southern growing area = better than average growth. Which will in turn needs to be mown more than northern, cooler temps, average rainfall = less mowing.
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The ideal time to plant zoysia is in mid- to late spring (after the final frost) or early summer. It can also be planted in fall, a minimum of 60 days before the first frost is expected. Beyond this point, any seed planted may not survive the winter, due to insufficient time to establish in the ground before cold weather arrives.

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