The Q&A Archives: Zoysia... plugs or seed

Question: In Phila. I have a lawn approx. 26sq. ft. with a hill. I want to replace the current

Answer: Zoysia is typically started from sprigs or plugs, it is a fast spreader. I would not recommend zoysia for your area however because it is brown for so many months of the year while it is cold here -- it is much better suited to warmer southern climates. If you have trouble with your current lawn I would suggest you consider using a sun loving ground cover such as junipers instead. Your local professional nursery staff and/or county extension should be able to assist you in testing your soil and determining how best to prepare it. Typically it needs to be loosened down at least six inches and have lots of organic matter such as compost or old rotted leaves worked into it prior to seeding or planting. It may also need lime or fertilizer, depending on the test results. They should also be able to tell which particular grass varieties are best suited to the soil and growing conditions where you want to plant. Early fall is actually the best time of year to start a new lawn from seed so you have time to prepare.

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