Converting a Regular Lawn into a Zoysia Lawn

posted on April 8th, 2015 by

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Converting a regular lawn to a zoysia lawn using plugs is a good home project that is not as difficult and complicated as some may think. Where to start?!!

The first step is to determine how many square feet your lawn or the area you want to convert is. This can be accomplished by measuring the width and length then multiplying them together. Example your lawn is 40 feet long 35 feet wide, your square footage would be 1400 square feet.

Once you have determined your square footage the next step would be deciding how close you want to place the plugs. The closer they are placed the quicker the fill in time will be. We recommend at least one plug every square foot. If possible planting one plug every six inches, two plugs per square foot, will give you a full zoysia lawn quicker. The plugs can be placed as close as you want. You can visit our plug calculator at  and let it calculate the needed plugs for you.

If you are planting the plugs in a regular lawn, fescue, rye, Kentucky bluegrass, etc. you can plant right within these types of grasses. There is no need to remove your current lawn, add soil or start from scratch. As the plugs start to spread they will choke out these grasses.

If you are planting in a Bermuda or St. Augustine lawn, it would be best to clear a few inches around each plug to eliminate the competition since they are aggressive grasses. Once the plugs become strong enough the zoysia plugs will choke out the St. Augustine or Bermuda.

Follow the planting instructions received with the plugs or watch the video on our website, under the tab “Planting Zoysia” and you are on your way to a beautiful, lush zoysia lawn. You will be glad you did for many years to come.

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8 Responses to “Converting a Regular Lawn into a Zoysia Lawn”

  1. Pauline Says:

    May 26th, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    How expensive is zoysia sod. I have tried the plugs and it is not working.

  2. Zoysia Farms Says:

    May 27th, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Sod is usually sold by the square foot, depending on the amount of sod you would need would determine the price. If you would like to contact our Customer Service Department they would be happy to try and help you determine why the plugs have not been working for you.

  3. Leila Mansury Says:

    June 25th, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Mine are not working either.

  4. SecureAdminZ Says:

    June 29th, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Please contact our Customer Service Department at 410-756-2311 between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm Monday thru Friday, Eastern time. Our representatives will be more than happy to try and determine why the plugs did not work for you.

  5. Barry Groomes Says:

    July 7th, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I planted some plugs 1′ and run out of time. I cut the remaiming 5 sheets in half . Cleared several areas and and laid the sheets . I watered them every day for 6 days .
    60 days later out of two of the half sheets I noticed what looked like the Bermuda grass runners growing and spreading out. the leaf stems were about 2′ in length and several blades per stem and 2 to 3 inches between roots. My Question is , was it a Bermuda runner or a zoiasa runner growing from the center of the mat?

  6. SecureAdminZ Says:

    July 13th, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Hi Barry, It sounds like they are zoysia runners growing from the mats, however I cannot say for sure without actually seeing the runners. You may want to check our latest post “What are these vines growing in my Zoysia grass” we have a couple of pictures of zoysia runners that may help you to identify yours.

  7. Mark Hagan Says:

    February 8th, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    What is the northern latitude where Zoysia grass fails to grow.

  8. SecureAdminZ Says:

    February 11th, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    Good Afternoon Mr. Hagan,

    I don’t have the latitude for where Zoysia grass fails to grow; but I can let you know that we have very satisfied customers as far north as Maine. I hope this helps with your question.

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