Care of Zoysia Grass - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Garden Friend
Washington, MO
Question by mmaniaci
March 14, 1998
Can you suggest a year-round maintanance schedule for zoysia grass? I have been having a tough time with mine. I've had lots of advice from many people, but your people have helped me in the past with good advice.


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Answer from NGA
March 14, 1998

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As a matter of fact, we can help! The Editors of National Gardening Magazine have co-authored a book with Lance Walheim called "Lawns for Dummies". First, some facts about Zoisia Grass. It can take zoysia plugs two years to fill in your lawn; it's the first turf to turn brown and very slow to green up in spring (or as long as the temps remain less than 60F). Once established, it's very drought-tolerant. Your best bet is to go with one of the newer, quick-growing zoysia varieties - 'De Anza', 'Victoria', 'Emerald' - check with your county extension service (ph# 314/583-5141) to see which is recommended for your area. Here's how to care for it: plant sod or 2" plugs 6" apart in full sun or partial shade. Watering is tricky, because you don't want the soil to dry out, but you'll need to adjust your sprinkler to provide small drops, or the water will erode soil between the plugs. Fertilize 3-4 weeks after plugging. In general, fertilize with 3-4 lbs of nitrogen per 1000 sq ft per year. Apply no more than 1 lb at a time - space your feedings 2-3 weeks apart, starting in late spring. Mow 1-2" high - it's hard to mow if you let it grow higher.Once zoysia is established, you can water less often. I hope this is what you were looking for!

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