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Zoysia Maintenance

Maintenance Guides by Brand

Seasonal Guides for Your Zoysia Maintenance
FALL
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Mowing

Mowing heights for finer-bladed zoysias typically range from 0.5–1.5 inches while wider-bladed zoysia mowing heights range from 1–2 inches. Depending on the type of zoysia you have, your lawn should typically be kept between 0.5–2 inches. During the fall, mowing will occur less often—keeping your zoysia slightly will encourage deeper root growth which helps it survive in colder temperatures and during winter dormancy.

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Watering

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.

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Fertilization

For optimal results, feed your lawn monthly during the fall season by applying the Lawnifi’s Fall Fertilizer Box or apply Lawnifi Foundation once every three months.

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Weed Control

Apply pre-emergent herbicides to control winter annual and perennial weeds like chickweedhenbitPoa annua or purple deadnettle. Apply post-emergent herbicides only when weeds are present.

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Insect Control

Check for and control any white grubs. Treat with an insecticide if needed.

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Fungus Control

If large patch is a common problem in your zoysia, apply a fungicide at a preventative rate.

SUMMER
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Mowing

Zoysia mowing heights during the summer generally range from about 1–2 inches. Finer-bladed zoysias should be kept at a height of 0.5–1.5 inches. When mowing during the summer, never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade at a time.

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Watering

Do not overwater the grass. Zoysia grass only needs about 1-inch of water weekly. Water for longer periods of time, less frequently and in the early morning hours.

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Fertilization

For optimal results, feed your lawn monthly during the summer season by applying the Lawnifi’s Summer Fertilizer Box or apply Lawnifi Foundation once every three months.

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Weed Control

It is not recommended that you apply an herbicide at this time. Once temperatures exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the herbicide will damage the grass.

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Insect Control

Check for and control any hunting billbugs. Other insects to look out for include mole cricketsgrub worms and spittlebugs.

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Fungus Control

Disease outbreaks in zoysia are uncommon at this time. Treat with a broad-spectrum fungicide like Heritage if needed.

SPRING
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Mowing

If you have a mature, established 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 zoysia grass at the desired height. Keep fine bladed zoysias mowed between 0.5–1.5 inches. Keep coarse bladed zoysia grass mowed between 1–2 inches. You can return to spreading your mower clippings on the lawn at this time.

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Watering

Don’t overwater. Zoysia needs about 1-inch of water a week considering rainfall.

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Fertilization

For optimal results, feed your lawn during the spring season by applying Lawnifi Foundation, a granular fertilizer, or the Lawnifi Spring Fertilizer Box.

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Weed Control

Apply a pre-emergent herbicide when soil temperatures reach 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This will prevent summer annual weeds like crabgrass and goosegrass from plaguing your lawn and garden.

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Insect Control

Apply a broad-spectrum insecticide to prevent spring insects from appearing or to control any current spring insects like billbugs or white grubs.

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Fungus Control

Apply a systemic fungicide at a preventive rate to keep disease from taking hold of your lawn.

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