Zoysia Grass

Dead-Looking Zoysia Grass

Anonymous added on January 27, 2011 | Answered

I had a zoysia lawn sodded last summer. We have had an unusual winter with several weeks at freezing or below (20's) temps. Now my lawn is totally brown -- no green blades to be seen. What is wrong?

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Answered on February 1, 2011

While it's generally dependent on the type of zoysia grass you have, most winter damage will not permanently cause harm, as the grass is usually dormant anyway. In fact, zoysia will normally heal itself within a few months. The most cold tolerant variety is Meyer, which is actually hardy to -30 F below zero. Emerald zoysia, which is another popular variety, will stand cold temperatures without damage around 5 to 10F.

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