Zoysia Grass In The Fall

posted on October 6th, 2015 by

fall leaves


There may be changes in your Zoysia lawn with the approaching colder weather. As the ground temperatures slowly drop or we get a hard frost, zoysia grass will start to go into its dormant state. When this happens the grass may start to turn yellowish and eventually a complete tawny brown. It is often thought that the grass is actually dying, however it is not, the grass is only going to sleep because of the colder weather upon us. This is how Zoysia grass protects itself from the winter elements and cold temperatures.

Many of us are preparing for our final grass cutting for the year. It is best to mow your Zoysia lawn about 1 ½ to 2 ½ inches in height, this should keep your lawn looking well manicured during the winter months.

Once that final cut is done, it is a great time for aerating your lawn, while the soil is soft and moist. Check out our post on September 4, 2015 “Aerating a Lawn” for more information on aerating.

Then just sit back and enjoy the change in the seasons, the turning of the leaves, colder weather and snow falling.

When winter has passed and spring has arrived, your zoysia grass will start to come out of dormancy. Once the temperatures maintain around 70 degrees or higher you will start to see new green blades of grass growing from your lawn. In no time at all you will have your beautiful zoysia lawn back.

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4 Responses to “Zoysia Grass In The Fall”

  1. Cadria Clymer Says:

    October 8th, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    What is the best way to prepare my Zoysia lawn for winter months? I’ve purchased Nutri 20 and Turf Thrive. What should I apply first? I have directions for application to both products. I just need to know what should be applied first?
    Thank you

  2. SecureAdminZ Says:

    October 9th, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Hi Cadria,
    The Nutri 20 should be applied before your zoysia goes dormant, turning a tawny brown color. I would apply the Nutri 20 first and then wait about 1 week and apply the Turf Thrive.

  3. Jason Cav Says:

    November 11th, 2015 at 8:15 am

    1St season with palisade zoysia, worried that grass should have stayed greener longer in south Arlington, originally used miracle gro garden soil with fertilzer in June during install. Now grass has curled up inward and is beginning to thin out in spots. Did liquid feed in October and grass looks like it’s dead, also kept up on watering everyday since there was no rain from June thru October…overall grass looks grim…any help would be great..thanks

  4. SecureAdminZ Says:

    November 16th, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Hi Jason,
    I am not very familiar with the palisade zoysia, we only sell the Meyers Amazoy zoysia grass. I do understand the palisade zoysia is said to be a low water user, you may have watered the grass too much. If you are still watering I would suggest stopping until next year. I would also suggest that you check the label of the liquid feed you applied and be sure it is safe for zoysia lawns. It would be best if you contacted the vendor that you purchased the palisade zoysia from or someone that deals directly with palisade zoysia and see what else they recommend.

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