You’ve probably heard of Zoysia grass. Perhaps you’ve seen it grow on your friend’s lawn and admired it, or you’ve heard of its amazing benefits. But what if you want it grown in your lawn, do you know when and how to plant it? In this post, you’ll learn how to plant & grow a Zoysia grass lawn the right way
When to plant Zoysia grass
It’s worth noting that there are different types of Zoysia grasses. The most popular ones include Zoysia Matrella, Zoysia Macrantha, Zoysia Japonica, Zoysia Hybrid and Zoysia Tenuifolia. You might be asking: when to plant Zoysia grass? The perfect time to plant Zoysia grass is between mid to late spring & early summer. It can also be planted in fall right before the start of frost.
So how long does Zoysia grass take to grow? If you plant Zoysia grass seed, expect it to germinate in 14-21 days when it’s well maintained. Another question you’re probably asking yourself is: “ How fast does Zoysia grass spread? Well, compared to other types of grasses, Zoysia grass takes a little bit longer to spread, but the wait is definitely worth it. If you want it to spread fast, consider a seeding it with a good fertilizer and weed preventer. The speed of spreading also depends on the type of Zoysia grass you choose and your area’s climate.
How to plant Zoysia grass seed
You can grow Zoysia grass from seed, plugs or sod. Here’s how to plant Zoysia grass seed:
- Take measurement of your lawn. Start by measuring your lawn size. There are lots of phone apps that can help you estimate the size of your lawn in minutes.
- Test the soil. Zoysia thrives well in soils that are slightly acidic (pH of 6.0 – 6.5). Take the soil test about a month before planting the seeds. A specialist can help you with this.
- Adjust your soil’s pH. Depending on the results you’ll get from testing the soil, you may require to add extra nutrients to the soul so as to achieve the right pH level.
- Prepare your soil. Once your soil’s pH is balanced, prepare your soil by balancing it. You can use a hard take to help you break up huge chunks of soil – and to eliminate debris in soil such as sticks and rocks. You can then use a soft rake to form a fine and loose top area for the seedbed.
- Use a spreader to evenly spread your seeds across the lawn. Spreaders make it easy to accomplish this since too much seeds could cause low germination rates and overcrowding.
- Avoid covering your Zoysia seeds fully so that they receive direct sunlight. You should instead use a lawn roller or lightly tamp the seeds in soil to ensure good contact with soil.
- Maintain a moist but not soggy soil consistency. Once the grasses start to form, you can go back to regular watering schedule.
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