Most Common Suspects When Zoysia Plugs Don’t Grow

posted on March 11th, 2014 by


Why didn’t my plugs work, it says they will grow anywhere?  When this question is asked we play detective to find the reason why.   CSI Zoysia has a list of suspects, let’s investigate.

Suspect #1 – Left in the Box

Plant the plugs as soon as you can.  If you cannot plant right away, that’s fine but the plugs must be taken out of the box, laid grass side up, kept out of the direct sunlight and sprinkled daily.  The plugs can actually survive 2 to 3 weeds before planting if these steps are followed.  Do not leave the grass in the box!

Suspect #2 – Gets Enough Sun

Before planting the grass check out the area and make sure it gets at least 2 to 3 hours of direct sunlight a day or the plugs will not grow well.

Suspect #3 – Not Following Label Instructions

By not stopping and reading the label of products applied to your lawn, such as weed killers, fertilizers, etc you could end up with dead plugs.  You want to check and be sure it is safe for zoysia grass, follow their recommend applications and waiting period before planting.

Suspect #4 – Too Much Water

Over watering is the Prime Suspect for the plugs to fail.  Amazoy zoysia is very drought resistant, too much water can damage its root system. When first planted the plugs do need to be watered daily but only about 10 to 15 minutes once a day, for the first three weeks.  Do not over water the plugs, this can kill them. 

Suspect #5 – Covering the Plugs

Do not cover the entire plug. Only cover the roots of the plugs, leaving the blades above ground level.   After covering the roots step on the plug firmly to eliminate any air pockets.

Suspect # 6 – Too Many Weeds

Until the plugs have completely filled in, they still need help with weed control. If you let the weeds take over, they can choke out the plugs.  Once the plugs are established, they will choke out most summer weeds.

Making sure none of these suspects are threats to your plugs, you should start to see new green blades of grass growing from each plug and you are on your way to a beautiful zoysia lawn!

This entry was posted on Tuesday, March 11th, 2014 at 1:50 pm and is filed under Growth, Planting, watering, Zoysia. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Most Common Suspects When Zoysia Plugs Don’t Grow”

  1. William Rust Says:

    March 13th, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I have tried Zoysia plugs before and only a few survived. Reading your suspected reasons leaves me with this question. How does Zoysia do in wet climates? I live in Louisiana, about 50 inches of rain per year.

  2. admin Says:

    March 13th, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Hi William,
    That is a lot of rainfall, this could have been too much moisture for the zoysia plugs. Amazoy zoysia grass does not usually have a problem with normal rainfall as long as the area does have good drainage and does not stay moist. If the area does hold water or moisture for long periods of time it can damage the root system. Our Customer Service Department will be happy to discuss your growing condition at 410-756-2311 from 8:00am to 4:30pm Eastern time to see if we can determine why you did not have more success with the plugs.

  3. Sandy Dean Says:

    April 21st, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I live in Cincinnati Ohio, and it seems my zoysia grass is dying. I have gone to Home Depot, for help but no one can help me. This is year the weeds are getting worse. I just want to get my thick grass back.

  4. admin Says:

    April 28th, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Sandy,
    If your zoysia lawn is well established, do you dethatch it once a year in the spring? If not, you could be getting a thatch build up(this is the dead debris and leaves from the previous year) and that can start to choke out your grass, allowing weeds to invade the area. If you do have a build up you would need to power rake the area once the grass has greened up or you may want to check the liquid dethatcher we offer. To help control the weeds you can use Weed B Gone by Ortho, it will not harm your zoysia at this stage.

  5. Tobias Ariza Says:

    May 1st, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    I am living in Charlotte, NC, and I need your advice to kill the Moss that is spreading in my Zoysia lawn. I already applied Moss & Algae Killer by Bayer and it did’nt work.

  6. admin Says:

    May 8th, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Tobias,
    Moss is not good where zoysia is planted. Moss is usually caused by either a very shaded area and/or moist conditions. I would suggest checking with your local garden center to find out what is okay to use in your state for destroying moss. If the conditions continue you may be able to destroy the moss for a while, but it will keep coming back, until the conditions are changed. Zoysia does not grow well in either of these conditions.

  7. Charles King Says:

    May 22nd, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Planted over 500 plugs on April the 12th,following the directions provided word for word.As of 5/22 I count about 10 plugs that have any signs of green in them.Am very very disappointed that I wasted good money on this grass.

  8. admin Says:

    May 23rd, 2014 at 8:44 am

    Hi Charles,
    We are very sorry to hear that most of the plugs have not greened up for you. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 410-756-2311, we would like to help figure out why the plugs failed and replace any that did not green up.

  • « Older Entries
  • Newer Entries »