Zoysia sod is the perfect grass if you want a heat-resistant grass that grows thickly to choke out weeds. Zoysia grass in Florida has medium blades that can withstand high temperatures and little or no water, which is great news for people who live in communities with watering restrictions. Zoysia is a relatively slow-growing grass type, so you won’t need to mow more than every 10 days or two weeks. Plus, since it is a perennial, you only have to seed once a year. Here are answers to some of your most common questions about the Asian Zoysia sod.
Zoysia Sod FAQ’s:
Are There Any Cons To Zoysia Sod?
Zoysia sod Tampa lawns grow aggressively and may invade your neighbor’s lawn or your garden, which is one reason we recommend having a professional install and seed your lawn for you. Also Zoysia grass in Florida goes dormant and takes on a light brown tinge that not every homeowner adores.
How Long Does It Take To Establish A Zoysia Sod Lawn?
Another possible drawback of the Zoysia grass Florida lawns is that it typically takes two full growing seasons to establish a great looking turf. Of course, this is not such a big deal when you purchase Zoysia sod that has already been grown for you.
Certain Zoysia varieties may be subject to leaf spot, dollar spot, rust, and particularly brown spot.
What Pests Like Zoysia Sod?
Nematodes, mole and crickets are the most common pests, along with grubs and billbugs. Agents typically pre-fumigate soils where nematodes are present. Early spring treatment for billbugs should be done as soon as adults are seen, as they can do extensive damage.
How Do I Mow Zoysia Sod?
Mow your Zoysia sod down to 1-2 inches in full sun and 2-2.5 inches in shade. You can mow up to twice a week on a busy fertilizing and watering schedule or once every two weeks on a low fertilization / water schedule. You will need a nice sharp mower, as Zoysia blades are stiffer than other types of soft grass.
How Often Should I Water Zoysia Sod?
Since Zoysia grass is drought-resistant, you should only water it when you see signs like curling blades or browning. If you get one inch of rain per week, that should be sufficient. Water early in the afternoon on new plants or early in the morning on established turf.
When Do I Fertilize Zoysia Grass?
Zoysia sod has lower fertilization requirements than other St Augustine grass types. Early in the spring, we recommend a weed and feed. In late spring, add 20 pounds of 16-4-8 and iron. Repeat this in early and late summer as well. In the fall, add 30 pounds of 5-10-15 and iron to help you get through the winter months. Aim for a soil pH of 6-6.5 and add lime occasionally.
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