dead spots in zoysia grass - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by mdbseng
October 22, 2009
I moved to Florida 1 1/2 years ago. I have dead spots (4 to 6 inches) all over for over a year now. the building contracter and the lawn care service always say it's growing in. It does't look any better now than a year ago. I am now applying my own insecticide and fertilizer (Scott's and Bayer brands). What do I need to do to get this grass to grow in?

Answer from NGA
October 22, 2009
While it's true that the zoysia will eventually fill in, you can speed things along by taking some plugs from your existing lawn and popping them into the bare areas. You can cut 2" squares with a long knife (so you get the roots, too), and plant them in the bare spot. Fill in the hole you made with the soil you dig from the bare area when you plant the plug. The grass will fill in faster. Enjoy!

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