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Asked by
Gallos on
May 16, 2019
San gabriel,ca

Q. Cut zoysia tenuifolia to dirt level

Had app. 6” of thatch. Gardener cut the 3yr old zoysia tenuifolia to dirt level. I am hoping it will grow back with the mounding look. Will it grow like before he cut it??

Answered by
Downtoearthdigs on
May 17, 2019

Zoysia grass tends to accumulate the layer of dead surface roots, stems and runners known as thatch more than other types of grass, you need to know how to dethatch zoysia.
A thick build up of thatch should not be removed all in one season; doing so could be cause permanent damage to the lawn.
To prevent thatch, mow often, water less and apply fertilizer sparingly.
Zoysia should have it's most growth in the upcoming months, so watch for this. If repairs are needed you can replug areas of the lawn.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
September 11, 2019

Q. Can I plant Empire Zoysia mixed in with sparse fescue, or do I have to kill, till and start again?

I live in middle GA and have a sun and shade yard. Fescue was planted last fall and is almost completely brown and it is very sparse. I saw a beautiful Empire Zoysia yard that was sun and shade and think it would be better. Can I plant Zoysia plugs in with the fescue and eventually it will take it over completely or do I absolutely have to kill the current grass, till it and start again? I really don’t want to have to do that; I don’t think I have the energy for it. I used True Green Lawn Care service and was told the grass has a fungus It is almost totally brown. Attached is the picture of the front and back yard.
Thanks for your help.
Terry Eidecker

Answered by
GKH_Susan on
September 12, 2019
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