Caring For Your Zoysia In The Summer Heat

posted on July 2nd, 2012 by

Summer can be a rough time for many grasses and a busy time for homeowners. The grass is trying to survive in the dry, hot weather and you’re trying to keep your lawn green and healthy. This is one of Zoysia’s biggest strengths. As a warm weather grass, it thrives in hot weather, requiring very little maintenance compared to other grasses visit our website for more information about Zoysia’s perks). Zoysia does require a small amount of summer time work however:

Watering You Zoysia

Amazoy will require up to 80% less irrigation than other types of grass, and will only need supplemental watering if there has been little rainfall. The best time to water your lawn is in the morning, preferably before noon. This allows the grass to dry before nightfall, reducing the risk of disease.

A good way to test if your grass needs watering is to look at the surrounding soil. If it’s dry and cracking, it’s time to water your Zoysia grass. Be sure to avoid over watering, because excessive watering can damage the roots. If you have questions, check out our Moisture Meter to determine your lawn (or other plants) watering needs.

Mowing Your Zoysia

Grass maintenance for Zoysia is pretty simple. You will spend less time mowing your lawn (about two-thirds less time, to be exact) because Zoysia doesn’t grow tall as quickly as other grasses.

However, you do want to keep this general rule of thumb in mind: A healthy Zoysia lawn should be mowed to a height of 1 1/2“ to 3”. A golden rule when mowing any turf is “never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf height.”

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8 Responses to “Caring For Your Zoysia In The Summer Heat”

  1. Donna Says:

    July 8th, 2012 at 7:18 am

    Our lawn was doing fine until it was mowed this past Thursday. The sections that do not get shade have turned brown. We have had no rain for a couple of weeks and the temps have been in the mid-90’s. We started out by hand watering these brown areas. Now we have started to use our irrigation system (watering once a day in these areas)in hopes this will reduce the brown areas. Are we watering too much?

  2. admin Says:

    July 9th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Donna – That should be ok. As long as the soil is able to dry before nightfall, then you should be ok. If there hasn’t been any rainfall, you’re right to do a little extra watering. If your Zoysia isn’t looking better in a few weeks, let us know and we’ll go from there!

  3. Donna Says:

    July 9th, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    Thanks. We finally got rain today. The brown spots are fading.

  4. J.R. Says:

    August 6th, 2012 at 1:59 am

    If I order plugs now when will they be delivered.8/6/12 Also how often should i fertilze with Nutri-20

  5. admin Says:

    August 8th, 2012 at 11:02 am

    J.R. – You should use Nutri-20 once a year in late May or early June when the grass is actively growing. Don’t wait until late summer/fall or you may interfere with the grasses natural dormancy process. As for shipping plugs, it depends on where in the country you live. Here is a map of our shipping schedules around the country.

  6. kirkeos Says:

    September 2nd, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    I found the best solution this summer at this summer. I purchased an 8-pack and an automatic watering timer with my gardening hose. I set it up and went out of town for 4 weeks. When I returned by lawn and garden was lush. I pulled up the hose and cut the grass and there was no evidence the garden hose was on the lawn or should I say above the lawn for 4 weeks. I love it!

  7. Jane Woodman Says:

    July 22nd, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Could you please direct me to somewhere where I can see a complete description of Diamond Zoysia lawn care.
    In Palm Beach County everyone vertical cuts (they tell me that is what it is) and then mow the grass extremely short. They rake all the cuttings up, Fertilize (what ferilizer) and all the lawns I have seen come back fairly quickly. What are the watering recommendations for the “comeback time:?
    I love my gardener but I am not too sure he knows what he is doing with our previously beautiful lawn.
    My thanks,

  8. SecureAdminZ Says:

    July 22nd, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Hi Jane,
    I am not real familiar with Diamond Zoysia but I do understand it is a high maintenance grass. I do not want to tell you something incorrectly about the maintenance needed on this type of zoysia. I would suggest going on the internet and search for something like “Maintenance for Diamond Zoysia grass”. I tried searching this way and there are numerous sites that come up with this information.

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