Seasonal Guides for Your Innovation® Zoysia Maintenance
If you have a mature, established Innovation Zoysia grass lawn, drop your mower a notch and give your lawn a “buzz-cut” for the first mow of the spring with a rotary mower that has a sharpened blade. Bag up all the material to keep excess clippings from clumping or causing disease. After your initial “buzz-cut,” begin mowing your Innovation at a height of 0.5–1.5 inches. You can return to spreading your mower clippings on the lawn at this time.
Don’t overwater. Zoysia needs about 1-inch of water a week considering rainfall.
Innovation Zoysia mowing heights during the summer generally range from about 0.5–1.5 inches. When mowing during the summer, never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time.
Do not overwater the grass. Innovation only needs about 1-inch of water weekly. Water for longer periods of time, less frequently and in the early morning hours.
It is not recommended that you apply an herbicide at this time. Once temperatures exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the herbicide will damage the grass.
During the fall, mowing will occur less often—keeping your Innovation slightly higher than the regular 0.5–1.5 inch height will encourage deeper root growth which helps it survive in colder temperatures and during winter dormancy.
Water less as temperatures drop—too much water will lead to disease. Water to prevent drought stress while grass is actively growing and after the beginning stages of dormancy to prevent dehydration.
A Word of Caution for Newly Sodded Lawns
A pre-emergent contains a chemical that prevents a weed from putting down roots. Because it is a root inhibitor, it can also negatively affect your new lawn, which is trying to establish itself by putting down roots. If you successfully killed and removed your old lawn, including all the weeds in it, your newly sodded lawn should have relatively few weeds. It is suggested that you hand pick weeds out of your newly sodded lawn for the first season.