Zoysia Winter Chores

posted on October 19th, 2012 by

The cold is approaching. One of the first things you’re going to notice is your grass turning a tawny-brown color. Don’t panic, this is natural. Zoysia is a warm-season grass and, like trees, goes dormant after the first hard frost. This helps the Zoysia survive in colder climates and the luscious green will return come spring.

To get your grass ready for the cold weather ahead, mow it at about 1.5 to 2.5 inches. To prevent dead spots, make sure to clean up all the lawn mower clippings. Do not fertilize your Zoysia now. Unlike cold-season grasses, Zoysia prefers to be fertilized in the late spring to early summer months when the grass is growing. Fertilizing now could actually harm your lawn.

Overall Zoysia grass is strong and fairly self-sufficient. The trick to keeping your Zoysia strong during the winter is to keep it strong during the summer. Dethatching to help water and nutrients reach the soil is fine at this time of year before it goes dormant, but is even better when done in the spring. One of the very best things you can do for your lawn is aerating it and now is the perfect time to do this, once again, do this before it goes dormant. Then, just sit back and enjoy how easy Zoysia is to care for while you wait for spring. It’s a time of rest for you and your lawn.

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14 Responses to “Zoysia Winter Chores”

  1. Neil Crowner Says:

    December 7th, 2012 at 4:38 am

    I plan to expand my zoysia by clearing nearby non-zoysia spots. How to I prep new areas to transplant unwanted zoysia from other areas???

  2. admin Says:

    December 7th, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Neil,
    For the best results from zoysia grass the soil pH sould be between 6 and 7. There is little preparation to be done before planting the transplants. If planting plugs, the area should be mowed very low, almost scalping it. Place the plug into the hole, make sure to step on the plug after filling in around the roots, this will get rid of any air pockets. If you are planting sections of zoysia grass, the top soil needs to be loosen and any current grass removed, lay the section like sod.

  3. Brian Says:

    January 17th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    What type of fertilizer should be applied in the spring?

  4. admin Says:

    January 18th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Brian,
    Once your zoysia has greened up, we recommend using a water soluble fertilizer, such as our Nutri 20. Many granular fertilizers are harmful to zoysia grass, please be sure to check the label on whatever you decide to apply to the zoysia

  5. Dean Says:

    January 29th, 2013 at 6:37 am

    I plan to transplant some existing zoysia to areas that are not zoysia using a post hole digger. Do you see any problem with my idea and what would be the best time to do this in Delaware? Thanks,Dean.

  6. admin Says:

    January 29th, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Hi Dean,
    The best time for transplanting zoysia is when it is completely green. For best results use a zoysia grass plugger. When taking plugs you only want to remove about 1 1/2 to 2 inches of the soil, you can make the plugs as large as you want. A post hole digger would go too deep into the soil, taking more root that needed, making it harder for the existing zoysia to repair itself.

  7. Doug S. Says:

    March 13th, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Will this grass type grow and thrive in Great Falls, Montana?

  8. admin Says:

    March 13th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Doug,
    Amazoy zoysia grass grows well in Montana, we have numerous customers in the Great Falls area. Amazoy grass will thrive in the heat and sunshine, but will not be damaged by snow or cold weather conditions. Our plugs can withstand temperatures of 120 degrees to -30 degrees Fahrenheit.

  9. Archie S. Says:

    April 2nd, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    I live in a south suburb of Chicago. I am going to till my yard and add more soil. Can I use your grass as a starter or should I add it later after some grass seeds fill the yard with grass ? Also, I have CREEPING CHARLIE everywhere. Will your grass choke this relentless weed out ?

  10. admin Says:

    May 2nd, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Archie,
    You can either plant the plugs first or seed using a fescue or rye seed first, it really does not matter. Since you are planning to roto-till your lawn, I would suggest using a pre-emergent after tilling, this will kill any weed seeds that have been laying dormant in your soil. Unfortunately, Amazoy zoysia grass will not choke out Creeping Charlie, however applying the pre-emergent should kill the seeds.

  11. Teena R. Says:

    June 6th, 2013 at 5:13 am

    I live in northwest Colorado and sometimes in the winter we will get a week to a week and a half of 40 below temps. Will this grass survive that? The grass will be under snow so it will have that insulation. I’ve seen your ads numerous times and have wanted to try your product. I’m putting in a brand new lawn. The soil here is horrible clay and flour type soil that grows nothing but weeds, so I brought in a dump truck load of manure and tilled it in everywhere. I will be tilling it again soon to smooth it out after I get my sprinkler system put in.

    One more question. Is it possible to over water Zoysia grass?

  12. admin Says:

    June 17th, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Hi Teena,
    That is cold! Amazoy zoysia grass can survive temperatures to 30 below, this is the ground temperature so it may survive, but we cannot guarantee it.

  13. Curt Says:

    February 1st, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Can I spray grass killer on spots of KY grass that is mixed in with my zoysia now that it is dormant without harming the zoysia?

  14. admin Says:

    February 7th, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    Hi Curt,
    There are a lot of different products on the market and some may be safe, however I would suggest checking the label and see if what you want to use is safe on dormant zoysia. You can also consider using RoundUp as long as the zoysia is totally dormant it should not harm it.

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