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Questions About Zoysia Grass

Asked by
Anonymous on
April 18, 2011

Q. Best Grass and Moles

I have two questions. We just moved to Nashville, TN from Rome, GA. In Georgia we had zoysia grass. When I cut the grass, I always used a grass catcher. We did have a rusty area in the back but it never made the grass die; it just got your shoes covered in what looked like rust. Is zoysia a good grass for Nashville? It is a cooler climate. I like a good looking lawn that grows thick and requires the least amount of cutting. Most sod farms around here say a three blend fescue is best. That’s what almost all are growing.

We also now have a mole problem. There are piles of dirt every morning in the yard. These things are as big as a squirrel without a tail! No one can tell me what to do about it. I understand they eat worms. Is there something that can change the taste of a worm to a hot pepper so these moles will get heartburn and die?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 19, 2011
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Zoysia may work for you. You can grow it where you are but in colder areas, it goes dormant in the winter and gets brown. If you don't mind trading that for its durability, it would work for you. The most durable grass for cooler climates, however, is Kentucky Bluegrass.

For help with the mole problem, this article will offer some suggestions: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/mole-control-home-remedies-for-removing-moles-from-your-yard.htm

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Asked by
chipinaw on
April 22, 2011

Q. Zoysia Grass

Hi, I have a children’s summer camp in upstate NY. I have some areas that I want to grow some grass quickly. I did hear Zoysia grass is very invasive. The areas I want to do get heavy traffic like around our pool and soccer and baseball fields. Will this grass overtake our clay infields on the ball fields?

I see there are issues with cold and hot weather. We need the grass green from May to Sept.   Will this be a good grass for the Catskill Mountains??

Thanks, Justin

Answered by
Heather on
April 27, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

The grass will stay green for most of that time. It will be a bit brown at the very beginning and the tail end of that time if you have a cold winter. It can stand up to the traffic, but may become a nuisance at the edges of the fields.

You may want to look at Bluegrass or a Bluegrass Mixture. The mixtures are normally set up to establish quickly with a faster growing turf grass that then gives way to the more sturdy Bluegrass as it establishes. Bluegrass is less invasive, looks nice in cooler areas like yours but is very durable once established.

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Asked by
frank644 on
April 24, 2011

Q. What Weed and Feed Product Should I Use for Zoysia?

I live in central Florida and want to apply the most appropriate mid to late spring, weed and feed product for a recently sodded zoysia lawn (four to five months old). I am looking for one that is specific to zoysia, but, can not find one.

Answered by
Heather on
April 27, 2011
Certified Expert
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I am not aware of a zoysia specific weed and feed product. But, you should be adding a weed and feed product to the grass while it is coming out of its dormant period. This is when it will have the most effectiveness.

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Asked by
Anonymous on
April 27, 2011

Q. Zoysia Lawns – Maintenance

Is verticutting a zoysia grass lawn recommended or not? I have an established 25-year-old zoysia lawn that appears to be getting a little thin and greening up very slowly. . . lots of tan grass and lots of thatch. Is aerating recommended?

Also, I have been told not to water zoysia unless drought conditions (no rain for 30 days). True or not true? Finally, what about chemistry and when (and dry or hose fed (weed-and-feed)?

Answered by
Nikki on
April 28, 2011
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Asked by
Anonymous on
May 1, 2011

Q. Zoysia Grass

I just bought a home and need to know how to tell if I have zoysia grass. Also, can I plant regular grass to cover bare areas?

Answered by
Nikki on
May 2, 2011
Certified Expert
Asked by
Anonymous on
May 1, 2011

Q. Zoysia Grass Problem

My lawn was sodded two years ago with zoysia. Last year it was in great shape, but this year I seem to have several dead spots. Also, there now seems to be several low spots. I live in Arkansas and we had a very wet winter this year and I wondered if the dead spots are because of it staying so wet in the low spots. Also, when would I need to top dress it and with what?

Asked by
KC on
May 3, 2011

Q. Will My Zoysia Lawn Recover?

I de-thached my zoysia lawn with a lawn rake March 1st of this year and now it looks really bad. For the most part it is very bare with very few thick spots. Will it recover, and if so, how long will it take to get thick like it once was? Last year I kept it cut at a height of 3-4 inches and it was like a piece of carpet. . .the envy of the neighborhood.

Answered by
Heather on
May 8, 2011
Certified Expert
A.

If you live in a cooler climate area, this can happen. It will recover in a few weeks as the weather warms. Many parts of the country are experiencing cooler than expected weather and this delays the greening of zoysia grass.

But, it could be a fungus as well. This article will outline the most common fungus:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/grass-fungus.htm

Fungus normally appear in a patterned shape (spots, circles, etc). If you are seeing a pattern to your thin yard, it is definitely a fungus.

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