Zoysia In Drought

posted on September 12th, 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 — unless you’re a Zoysia owner.

However, even Zoysia lawns may be under stress during a drought so it is best to limit all activities that might add to that stress. This includes any fertilizing and weed/pest control. Mowing should only be done if absolutely necessary, on the highest setting possible. Excessive use or play in one area should also be avoided.

One of Zoysia’s best perks is its ability to not only survive in dry climates, but flourish. It needs very little water and adores the heat.

Amazoy will require up to 80% less irrigation than other types of grass. If there has been little rain, as many parts of the country have seen this summer, Zoysia will need a small amount of watering. Water your lawn in the morning, preferably before noon so the grass has time to dry before nightfall.

Check to see if the soil is dry and cracking. If so, it’s time to water. When watering, irrigate deeply and infrequently to mimic natural rainfall. Make sure not to over water or you can cause extensive root damage. If you have questions, check out our Moisture Meter to determine your lawn, or other plants’, watering needs.

The beauty of a Zoysia lawn is that it will stay lush and green in the heat of a normal summer, but Mother Nature can throw some extreme weather our way anytime.

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30 Responses to “Zoysia In Drought”

  1. George Clasey Says:

    January 17th, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    We experienced a drought last summer and totally expect one again this summer. How much do new planted plugs require watering?

  2. admin Says:

    January 18th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Hi George,
    Droughts are hard on grass, however zoysia is a very drought resistant grass. It requires about 80% less watering than most grasses. When the plugs are first planted they will need to be watered everyday, about 10 to 15 minutes, for the first three weeks. After that only if you are having drought type conditions.

  3. Joe Says:

    January 30th, 2013 at 9:25 am

    Is Zoysia grass suitable for high traffic sports use?

  4. admin Says:

    January 30th, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Hi Joe,
    Zoysia works well on sports fields, it is durable and can handle heavy traffic once it is completely established. The other great thing about zoysia is that it will repair itself if any of the grass gets damaged.

  5. James C. Says:

    March 16th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

    I have part of my back yard that nothing seems to work… I decided to try Zoysia grass in the last third of my lawn. I live in Eastern Penna. When is a good time of year to plant?

  6. admin Says:

    March 26th, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Hi James,
    You can plant Amazoy zoysia grass plugs in your area from early April to early September, as long as the ground is workable, not frozen and the plugs are planted at least 45 days before the first hard fall frost. We have not resumed our grass shipments to PA for 2013, we do expect to start shipping within the next few weeks, field and weather conditions permitting.
    Thank you,

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    April 5th, 2013 at 11:04 am

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    May 2nd, 2013 at 2:59 pm

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  10. Mark Macyszyn Says:

    August 1st, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    If I which from Fescue to Zoysia, should I first kill the Fescue with Roundup? If so, how long should I wait until I can plant Zoysia? How late in the year to you ship to Georgia?
    Thank you

  11. Frank Lembo Says:

    August 5th, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    I have St. Augustine gras in my yard and did not realize it takes a lot of water. I f I plant the zoysia grass will it overtake the grass I have there now or will I have to remove it.

  12. admin Says:

    August 6th, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    Hi Mark,
    You can plant Amazoy zoysia grass plugs right within your current fescue, you do not have to remove it. We ship our plugs to Georgia until late September.

  13. admin Says:

    August 6th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Hello Frank,
    St Augustine grass is a very aggressive grass. We recommend keeping the St Augustine back away from the plugs at least 3 to 4 inches for the first 60 days so the plugs can take a good roothold. If the St Augustine is not kept back it will most likely choke out the newly planted plugs. Once the plugs become established they will choke out the St Augustine as they spread.

  14. Joan Jordan Says:

    September 2nd, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    We heard that zoysia is excellent for water front property. We are trying to establish it on our front lawn, at the bulkhead. We had not previously read about the maintainence of zoysia and watered the lawn frequently and long because of lack of rainfall in the last year or so. I had also feed it, but not with liquid food. On top of that, this past year has seen the salty water come over the bulkhead and onto the grass a number of times. Do you think that has hurt it? We have lost quite a bit of zoysia grass.
    We did aerate the ground this spring and have not feed it at all. It grew back better this year because of the constant rain we had in Maryland most of the spring and summer and cooler temps. It doesn’t grow very tall. It seems stunted. We have pine trees next to it. Is there anything else we should do?
    I have it on my front lawn at home and it is doing very well this year. It is growing tall and thick, but not at the Eastern Shore location.

  15. admin Says:

    September 3rd, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Hi Joan,
    Zoysia grass is pretty resilient, with the proper watering and applying a water soluble fertilizer the zoysia may bounce back. It does concern me the zoysia is planted near some Pine trees. Please keep in mind that zoysia needs at least 2 to 3 hours of direct sunlight a day to grow successfully. Pine trees can also alter the soil pH, I would suggest checking the soil pH and making sure it is between 6 and 7, this can also effect how well the zoysia grows.

  16. Koven Roundtree Says:

    September 3rd, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I have a very sandy yard but the zoysia seems to be spreading nicely. In the spring the lawn was thick and a lush green but has recently become very dry and brown due to the heat and infrequent rainfall. I started watering the lawn and its starting to become green again. What is the best way to keep the same dark green look throughout the summer?

  17. admin Says:

    September 4th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Hi Koven,
    When the hot days of summer come and there has been little rainfall, zoysia grass will need some watering, as with all living things. The difference between zoysia and other grasses is that it only needs to be watered about 2 to 3 times a week during drought type conditions but only for about 10 to 15 minutes each time. This should keep your zoysia thick and a lush green, even during the summer heat.

  18. yes Says:

    September 13th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I need a lot of plugs to fill in places that the grass died from last year. should I wait until spring to replace it? I have a lawn service now and he said not to kill weeds now that it is to hot. Will planting the new plugs get rid of the weeds? I have 9000 sq feet of lawn laid in 2008.This spring it was very slow coming back and got lots of weeds in it. I would like to order the plugs while they are on sale if I can plant them now. Please use my email to answer.

  19. admin Says:

    September 30th, 2013 at 11:14 am

    Hello dbelliott,
    I’m sorry, we have finished processing all grass orders for shipment this year, orders that are being placed at this time will ship in the spring of 2014. Your lawn service is correct if your temperatures are above the mid 80’s, it is too hot to treat for weeds. Since your zoysia grass did not come back well this year, you may want to make sure you do not have a thatch build up or an insect problem, these conditions can cause the weeds to grow in the zoysia and can even start to kill out your zoysia lawn.

  20. Leonard Says:

    January 24th, 2014 at 10:25 am

    Will Zoysia grow under trees, and in shady areas?

  21. admin Says:

    January 24th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Leonard,
    Amazoy zoysia needs at least 2 to 3 hours of direct sunlight a day to grow successfully. If the area gets at least this amount of sunlight and you are planting under trees, it is best to check your soil ph. Trees can really alter your soil ph. Zoysia grass grows best if the soil ph is between 6 and 7.

  22. Chuck Says:

    January 30th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    When is the best time to plant Zoysia in Linclon, NE

  23. admin Says:

    January 31st, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Hi Chuck,
    The planting time for your state is usually around late March/early April to early September. You want to be past the threat of freezing weather or conditions and you would want your soil to be workable, not frozen. If planting in September, the plugs would need to be planted at least 45 days before the first hard fall frost.

  24. hector maisonet Says:

    June 25th, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    hi, i want to know what is wrong with my zoysia. at this moment i change a little part of my grass with zoysia but it look horrible in compare with st. augustin. zoysia looks dry and death most of the time. any help please.

  25. Steve Grod Says:

    June 25th, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    I bought & planted Zoysia between early april thru early May this year . I have planted 1 in squares 12 inches apart & 1 in the center of each square. Watered & fertilized ( your liquid fertilizer ) as directed. Instructions indicate to expect growth in 45 days .. Thus far growth is minimal in approx. 50% of plantings .. As I have put a huge amount of work into this , results thus far very disappointing . . Maybe my expectations were not correct . How long should it take for this grass to establish & cover .. Right now it looks like a lifetime , if at all ..Appreciate your response . Thanks

  26. Clyde Says:

    June 26th, 2015 at 11:17 am

    I may have sprayed my one year old plugs too late with roundup in March. It seem to be slowly coming back. The weeds seem to be taking over. Should I mow the lower in order for sunlight to get thru?

  27. SecureAdminZ Says:

    June 29th, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Amazoy zoysia grass plugs are a slow growing grass. Once the plugs are planted they should start sprouting new green blades of grass within 45 days of planting. The first year the plugs are planted is when they take a good roothold adjusting to their new home and producing new green blades of grass. Little spreading is usually seen in the first growing season, most of the spreading occurs in the second and third growing seasons. On an average if planting one plug every square foot it usually takes about 2-3 growing seasons for the plugs to fill in. Your particular growing conditions can alter this time. If your plugs have green blades in them, they are doing what they should do. If any of them do not, please contact our Customer Service Department at 410-756-2311. You do have to be patience with zoysia grass but the wait is worth it!

  28. SecureAdminZ Says:

    June 29th, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    If RoundUp was applied and the zoysia grass was not 100% dormant, it could have damaged the grass or even killed the entire lawn. We only suggest using RoundUp on zoysia lawns if absolutely necessary. On a regular basis we recommend using a pre-emergent weed killer in the early spring before the weeds show themselves. This will kill the weed seeds and not harm the zoysia. If the weeds are already showing then you can use a broadleaf weed killer, please check the label and make sure it is safe for zoysia grass. If you are mowing high and the weeds are blocking the sunlight from the zoysia plugs, then you may want to mow a little closer. We recommend zoysia to be maintained about 2-3 inches in height.

  29. Rich Streeter Says:

    August 6th, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Very disappointed with this grass. I read that the first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps, well this is the second year and mine is still sleeping. I have been patient, just hope I live to see some results. Maybe 1/5th of what I planted lived!!M

  30. SecureAdminZ Says:

    August 10th, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Hi Rich,
    You may want to contact our Customer Service Department at 410-756-2311 from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Eastern Time and see if we can make any recommendations that may help give your zoysia a kick start.

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