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Fall Planting

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 that you have to make sure to keep taking care of your Zoysia until it reaches dormancy.

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

Zoysia’s stem tissue results in a build-up of thatch, a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil. Removing it helps water and nutrients get to the surface of the soil. Aerating can also help prevent the build-up 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. Also, don’t forget to stop by our Taneytown, MD store before it closes for the season!

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