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Zoysia Grass FAQ – Answering Your Most Common Zoysia Questions

Does zoysia grass tolerate traffic?

Zoysia lawns can handle a moderate amount of traffic. Zoysia grass can be used for yards that host pets or children. Always make sure that a lawn that receives an average amount of traffic is adequately watered. Adequate hydration will help the grass to rebound from traffic or stress.

Is Zoysia grass good for pets?

Zoysia is a hearty turfgrass that tolerates traffic well. Zoysia is a good choice for lawns that house pets. Do keep in mind that any pet urine can harm a lawn. But there are ways to repair lawn damage caused by pet urine.

How do you get Zoysia grass to spread in a lawn?

Removing thatch and other debris is the first step to encourage Zoysia grass to spread. Filling in any dead spots with a seed and sand mixture will cover bald spots in the area. Applying fertilizer to an existing zoysia lawn encourages the grass to grow and spread. If the turfgrass is beyond repair, a yard may need to be started from seed. You can find more information on starting a lawn from seed here. (Link to starting a Zoysia Lawn from Seed Page – In Edit, not posted yet)

How to kill Zoysia grass?

Zoysia’s hardiness isn’t a great feature if your non-zoysia lawn is suffering from a zoysia grass invasion. But there are ways to kill zoysia grass. It can be killed using many of the same herbicides that kill other grasses. Any glyphosate-based product will kill Zoysia turf.

Will Zoysia grass grow in clay soil?

Zoysia grass will grow in soil that is more clay than sand. If a lawn’s soil is clay, it is important to make sure that space drains well after being watered. Standing water can lead to rot and disease.

Will Zoysia grass grow in sandy soil?

Zoysia grass will grow well in sandy soil. Zoysia turf is a popular choice of homeowners in southern and coastal areas of the United States, due to its preference for sandy soil. Sandy soil drains well and reduces the chances of rot and disease. Sandy soil may need extra fertilization to supplement nutrients found in rich topsoil.

Where can I buy Zoysia grass seed?

Like most grass varieties, Zoysia grass seed can be found in covered and uncovered types. Lawn and Petal recommends purchasing a covered grass seed when starting or overseeding a lawn. More information can be found on our Zoysia Grass Seed page.

Does Zoysia grass go dormant?

Zoysia grass will go dormant after air temperatures dive below 55 degrees for a few days in a row. Zoysia grass will begin to turn brown and lose some color in the beginning stages of dormancy. Zoysia grass does not die in dormancy; it ceases to grow.

Homeowners should avoid fertilization and herbicide application during dormancy. Forcing dormant grass to grow can cause undue stress and damage to the lawn. Stunned or strained lawns are also more susceptible to insect and disease attacks in dormancy.

Is Zoysia grass a warm or cool-season grass?

Zoysia grass is considered a warm-season grass. Temperatures warmer than 75 degrees are excellent for the grass to grow in. .

When does Zoysia grass come out of dormancy?

Zoysia lawns typically exit dormancy when ambient temperatures reach 70 degrees for multiple days in a row.

When should I plant Zoysia grass?

Zoysia lawns should be planted after the last threat of frost has passed. Zoysia grass needs temperatures more than 70 degrees to grow. Exposing newly planted Zoysia seed or sod to cold temperatures can stun or kill the turf. Planting should occur mid-Spring and should avoid any freezing or cold temperatures for more than 60 days.

Are Centipede grass and Zoysia grass the same thing?

Zoysia and Centipede are two different species of grass. Each species has a unique set of temperature, nutrition, and sunlight needs.

Where can Zoysia grass be planted?

Zoysia turf enjoys full sun and warm temperatures. Homeowners should not plant zoysia in areas that receive excessive amounts of shade throughout the day. Zoysia grass needs between 1 and 1.25 inches of water per week. Zoysia lawns also should not be exposed to excessive snow or frost. The Southern region of the United States is the most popular growing area for Zoysia grass.

What soil pH does Zoysia grass need?

Zoysia lawns need to have a pH of between 6 and 7 for optimal growth. Annual soil testing can help a homeowner balance soil pH levels. You can find more information on soil pH testing and analysis here.

Can Zoysia grass grow in a transitional zone?

Zoysia grass is considered a warm-season grass. Zoysia has a higher tolerance for colder weather than other warm-season grass species. Zoysia is recommended for use in transitional climate zones. Transitional climate zones can experience hot summers and cold winters. Common transitional zones include Northern Texas, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Kentucky.

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