Fall Planting

posted on September 8th, 2011 by

Summer is finally winding down, but that doesn’t mean your Zoysia grass is done for the season. On the contrary, you have a few great months left to enjoy that lush green. It also means you have to make sure to keep taking care of your Zoysia while you wait for winter preparations.

It is best to fertilize your Zoysia during the spring and summer, when the grass is at its peak growing. After August, fertilizing may interfere with Zoysia’s natural preparation for the winter dormant period.

Zoysia’s stem tissue results in a buildup of thatch, a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil — Removing it help water and nutrients get to the surface of the soil. Aerating can also help prevent the buildup of thatch and aid in getting nutrients to the roots of the Zoysia.  This is one of the best things you can do for any lawn.

When mowing your Zoysia during the summer, it should be cut low to remove dead leaf tissue. In the fall, you should raise your mower height to about an inch. You can also begin to water your grass less or even not at all. Proper mowing and thatch control can help you build a very drought tolerant lawn.

Make sure you’re prepared to care for your Zoysia lawn during the fall and winter seasons; don’t forget to stop by our Taneytown, MD store before it closes for the season on September 23rd.


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3 comments on “Fall Planting

  1. Michele on said:

    If I put plugs in the ground now will my Zoysia have time to get established before winter?

  2. Hey Michele, this depends on where you live. Here is a map of the United States and what our shipping schedules are for those regions. This will give you an idea of how late into the year you can plant plugs. http://www1.zoysiafarms.com/shiparea.jsp

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