saltcedar – posted 01 May 2010 05:53. Rent a core aerator or vertical mower to reduce thatch when the thatch lay… I live in Raleigh NC on a mostly full-sun acre. But while most warm-season grasses can't handle a winter chill, zoysia can survive cold weather, even in extreme areas like Massachusetts—and Michigan, where callers to our show have described decades-old zoysia lawns. Fill bottom of hole with good store bout garden soil, plant plug, and step on it to firm up. I have read you should plant the plugs six inches apart — I have taken the lazy approach and planted maybe three feet apart. I just know plugging Zoysia in Texas is almost a worthless exercise. If you still have your heart set on plugging Zoysia instead of a solid sod installation, then get ready to purchase a lot herbicides to curb the undesirable growth in between. Zoysia planting can also be done in early fall, but make sure to plant at least 60 days before the first fall frost. The back yard is princess 77 bermuda – I’m very happy with it now but was not happy with the effort required to get it going two years ago. My personal experience with Zoysia showed that it would spread in bare areas at about 6” to 18” / year with the faster rates in full sun. There is a push in the transition zone for people to use more zoysia grass, but zoysia is usually installed either as sod or through sprigging or plugging and not as seed. Alex_in_FL – posted 20 October 2007 12:32, – irrigate the area the day before planting- cut the sod into about 12 to 15 pieces (about 2 or 3 times the size of regular plugs from the store).- soak the cut pieces in water for about 10 – 20 minutes before planting (I used a wheelbarrow). My husband is a northerner and I’m from Georgia. Am I missing anything? Apply 10-20-10 at a rate of 10 pounds per 1000/Kft2, Water in and enjoy. Keep in mind that Zoysia is very slow-growing, so it can take about 2-3 years to completely take over these other grasses. So assuming that effort of cutting sod into plugs is a nominal effort – how many hours am I looking at realistically to plug 500 ft2 (1 pallet) of plugs? Unlike other warm season grasses such as bermuda, centipede, St. Augustine and bahiagrass, zoysia can survive in cooler conditions. Zoysia, also called zoysiagrass, is a warm-weather turfgrass from Asia comprised of several different species, the most common being Zoysia japonica. I have found it very difficult to compare varieties online because every website espews the value of the variety they sell. Or at least close enough considering the spread speed factor? Is it TARR or just bad idea of Winter Rye? I want zoysia – this much I know. With some "friendly" advice from the cool season board, I had some of the best results on the board on my front yard fescue renovation last year. [This message has been edited by Alex_in_FL (edited 20 October 2007).]. If you are planting your zoysia plugs in an area that already contains lawn, you’ll want to mow the existing lawn as low as possible before beginning to plant. Again I’m not afraid of work but I do worry about the pallet of grass drying out before I can finish if it takes me 3 weeks. In the cold winter, arid zone, turf-type tall fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass and fine fescue will all grow in that zone. The only success I have had with Zoysia is to completely sod the area in question – and there will still be issues with weeds and slow growth. Need help…live in DFW sodded Palmetto S/A last year looked great…over seeded Winter Rye…mow yard looks awful. The front yard is 15,000 square feet. Go look it up seems neat. Now a plush Zoysia lawn can be yours with seeded Zenith Zoysia. Gradually things are filling in. A healthy bed free of weeds is the best host for new grass. Sounds very daunting. Any thoughts/guidance/suggestions on this overall approach? This is a peren-nial bunch-type grass that grows rapidly and requires frequent mowing in the spring and fall. In warm rainy weather I’ve seenrunners over 3ft long in a month’s time with El Toroso I consider that almost as fast as St Augustine. South Florida Turfgrass Field Day and Expo. On plugging – my thought is to buy a pallet of zoysia sod and then cut it into 3″x3″ plugs myself. Zenith® Zoysia is a great choice for home lawns throughout the country. The downsides of using plugs are also substantial. Paspalum grass for lawn | Walter Reeves: The Georgia Gardener, Identification and History of Bitterblue St. Augustine – Turfgrass Producers of Florida, Identification and History of Bitterblue St. Augustinegrass. Tall fescue needs more water than the warm-season grasses to stay green during the summer. If you have “hard-to-kill” perennial weeds or invasive grass, such as Zoysia or Bermuda, wait one week and apply a second application of Round Up®. Lots of competing information. One objection is that it greens up later in the spring than bluegrass or tall fescue and turns brown in the fall after a hard frost. What I can afford is plugs, and I am not afraid of manual labor. My husband got some serious lawn envy when we went to visit my parents last spring. They come shipped in trays and measure 1.75" x 1.75" x 2" inches deep. It is not easy to kill fescue in Zoysia, and I hear it is even tougher to kill bermuda in Zoysia. I like the appearance of zoysia grass. When to Overseed Zoysia. Zenith has shown in study after study to be one of the most cold-tolerant and heat-tolerant zoysia varieties, and its blade looks very similar to kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue. You can try plugging Zoysia, but I have yet to find anyone that had any great success plugging or seeding Zoysia with long-term success. Planting Zoysia grass is optimal between mid-May to mid-June if establishing Zoysia grass seed. I would research your local area to find someone that has successfully plugged Zoysia and then go take a look to make sure. It's particularly hardy and grows voluntarily on lawns with other types of grass. It is not easy to kill fescue in Zoysia, and I hear it is even tougher to kill bermuda in Zoysia. If you have purchased zoysia grass plugs, you are probably wondering how and when to plant zoysia plugs. Give up the fescue and switch to a warm-season grass like Bermuda, Zoysia or Centipede. I am going to plug some zoysia in my back yard this weekend and I wanted to make sure I know what I’m doing. IF you do NOT want to kill your existing lawn.. then you should consider planting zoysia grass plugs and NOT seeds. After a minimum of 48 hours your site is ready to plug. The procedure you have outlined to plug the Zoysia seems sound, just make sure the plugs to do not dry out by keeping them moist (not wet) for two to three months. That's because zoysia is a warm-season grass, like Bermuda and St. Augustine. They all kind of say the opposite things. If you are planting the plugs in a regular lawn, fescue, rye, Kentucky bluegrass, etc. What I can afford is plugs, and I am not afraid of manual labor. Until Zenith Zoysia came along, all Zoysia varieties had to be planted as expensive sod or plugs. If I put in zoysia plugs, will they eventually take over, or is the bermuda hardier? The basic fact about zoysia grass is that, unless it is grown in the right climate, it will cause more headaches than not. Just my opinion from experienceÂ. El Toro, JaMar Empire, and Palisades represent the new fast spreading wide bladed types that can be cut with a rotary mower. Step 1, Mow your lawn as low as possible. First, the plants can take a long time to fill in, sometimes more than a year (planting very densely can save you some time) so you have to wait a while before you have a full lawn. Use the lowest blade height setting on your lawn mower. Mow the grass before it grows taller than 1 1 ⁄ 2 to 2 1 ⁄ 2 inches. Zoysia Grass – Has anyone heard of Zoysia Imperial and what is it like? The Best Time to Plant Zoysia Grass Seed. Spray an herbicide early in the spring when the fescue comes out of dormancy. By Kathy Van Mullekom. These Zoysia Grass Plugs are ready for planting in your lawn; they are fully mature and many are already producing runners that will enable them to grow into a lush cover of grass. Cut back on irrigation during the summer. This initial mowing will remove excess dormant tissue and establish the desired mowing height for the year. Remove wild onions with a probe-type weeding tool after a rainstorm while the soil is moist. From what I understand, I just need to dig a small hole where I want the plug, put the plug in it and water it in. How To Encourage Zoysia To Choke Out Fescue Hot Climates. ft. in late May to late June; Suggested sprigging rate: 8 to 10 bushels per 1,000 sq. Need help with fixing sections of my Empire Turf Zoysia lawn. So bottom line is try a tray or two of plugs of each variety and see which does well in your climate and soil. If you still have your heart set on plugging Zoysia instead of a solid sod installation, then get ready to purchase a lot herbicides to curb the undesirable growth in between. Thoughts on this choice – El Toro? I’m actually plugging my lawn with zoysia this weekend! Our yard has zillions of rocks ranging in size from pebbles to ham-sized mini-boulders so turning 4″ of soil is simply not reasonable – we were hauling off rocks for days. Keep the weeds out between the spaces, which can be cut with a probe-type tool! 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