How do you take care of Zoysia grass in NC?

Mow the grass before it grows taller than 11⁄2 to 21⁄2 inches. Leave nutrient-rich grass clippings on the lawn unless they are unsightly or in clumps. Apply nutrients based on soil testing. In absence of a soil test, apply 1⁄2 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet 3 weeks after greenup.

Maintaining Zoysia Lawns:*

  1. Water your new lawn to keep it moist for a period of 2 weeks or until sod is rooted.
  2. Mow as soon as your new lawn is rooted – at the recommended height (see table below) – Or mow in 3-5 weeks when height is 2-3 inches (weeds and/or grass).
  3. Fertilize your lawn once rooted.

Similarly, how often do you water Zoysia grass? To avoid the pitfalls of frequent light watering, it’s much better to water your zoysia lawn thoroughly once per week or every other week rather than several times per week. Each watering should penetrate the soil to a depth of 6-8 inches.

Also asked, when should I fertilize my Zoysia grass?

The best type of fertiliser for zoysia is a slow release granular fertiliser with a 3-1-2 N-P-K ratio. That means 3 parts nitrogen to 1 part phosphorus to 2 parts potassium. Fertilise once every 4 to 6 weeks in the growing season (summer) for up to 4 applications. That should be plenty.

How do I make my Zoysia grass green?

Mow your zoysiagrass the first time in the spring before it turns green — around mid-April — to clean out the old blades of grass, leaves and other debris. Use the lowest mower setting for this spring mowing. New blades of grass that are starting to grow will get better sunlight and moisture.

Do you aerate Zoysia grass?

Zoysia – Aerating. The best time to aerate zoysiagrass is in early summer, when the grass is growing rapidly. On very compacted soils, aerating twice a year would not be out of the question. Apply fertilizer and water after aerating so the turf recovers rapidly.

Should I bag my Zoysia grass clippings?

When your mower leaves behind large clumps of grass rather than small little clippings, it can cause considerable damage to your lawn. Bagging your zoysia grass clippings will allow the grass that is left after a mowing to grow and thrive in a healthy manner.

Can you overwater Zoysia grass?

For example, warm-season grasses, such as Bermuda and zoysia grasses, need 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch of water as infrequently as every one to three weeks. Too much water interferes with healthy grass growth and makes the lawn susceptible to pests and diseases.

How long does it take for Zoysia grass to fill in?

A common complaint is that zoysia is how slow it is to establish and spread. If you are planting a lawn by seed it can take a long time. Some seeds will not even germinate the first year. If started by plugs or sprigs planted 6 inches apart, it will take up to two years to fill in.

How tall should you cut Zoysia grass?

Mowing. You will not need to mow nearly as often because zoysia doesn’t grow tall quickly. A healthy zoysia lawn should be mowed to a height of 1 1/2″ to 3″. A golden rule when mowing any turf is “never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf height.”

Will Zoysia take over other grasses?

The reason you can plant plugs and not have to seed the lawn is because zoysia grass will crowd out all other species in the lawn. Then when it has taken over your lawn, it will start in on your flower beds and your neighbor’s lawn. If you decide to plant zoysia grass, you are making the decision to grow it for life.

Will Zoysia take over fescue?

The problem you have is fescue is a cool season grass and zoysia is a warm season grass. You may have an areas of fescue that doesn’t look good now, but if you replace it with zoysia and you are in a cooler season zone your lawn will look dead all winter.

Why is my Zoysia grass yellow?

Zoysia grass will begin to turn its dormant color as soon as temperatures cool. The grass develops yellow and brown lesions on the blades, when the sod is overly dry and there has not been proper fertilization high in nitrogen. The lesions develop into spots with distinctive shapes and patterns.

What fertilizer do I use on Zoysia?

Apply between 2 and 4 pounds of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet annually, during the growing season. Select a fertilizer that is labeled for use on Zoysia grass lawns. Do not apply fertilizer to wet turf to avoid burning.

What is the best fertilizer for Zoysia?

In absence of a soil test, apply 1⁄2 pound of nitrogen per 1,000 square feet 3 weeks after greenup. Use a complete nitrogen-phosphorus, potassium (N-P-K) turf fertilizer with a 3-1-2 or 4-1-2 ratio (for example, 12-4-8 or 16-4-8).

Do you water Zoysia in the winter?

Zoysia really is a low maintenance grass. However, if you have plugs that are less than a year old you should water periodically. Established zoysia lawns do not require any watering over winter because their deep root system will have more access to moisture in the ground. Do not mow the dormant Zoysia.

Can you use Scotts Turf Builder on Zoysia?

Answer: Scotts Turf Builder Weed and Feed 1 should not be applied to Zoysia lawns as it could cause discoloration. We do offer Ferti-Lome St. Augustine Weed and Feed 15-0-4 safe for zoysia.

Why is my Zoysia grass not turning green?

Some areas in your yard may not be greening up as normal and may appear dead. This is being caused by Zoysia Brown Patch. Zoysia Brown patch is the most damaging disease to Zoysia. Excessive moisture and high nitrogen fertility levels often lead to the outbreaks.

Can you put lime on Zoysia grass?

When to Apply Lime to Zoysia Grass. Zoysia is often used as a residential grass lawn because it is drought resistant, requires little fertilization and is slow growing. Like all grasses, zoysia prefers a pH balance higher than 5.5, and often times lime must be added to the soil to raise it to the proper balance.