Zoysia Grass Symptoms And Causes
Zoysia grass is one of the most common and troublesome weeds in your yard. It causes a great deal of damage to your lawn, especially if it’s not controlled properly. If you have any kind of turfgrass, chances are high that you’ve had some sort of contact with zoysia grass at least once before.
You may even have experienced its effects on other types of plants around your home or business.
The problem with zoysia grass is that it spreads very quickly. It will grow into areas where there aren’t any roots and then eventually spread out from there. Its spreading ability makes it difficult to control effectively.
The best way to get rid of zoysia grass is through regular mowing, which removes all the young shoots and leaves, but doesn’t kill the plant completely.
Another option is to use a weed killer like Empire Zoysia Weed Killer. This product kills off the top growth of zoysia grass, but leaves behind the bottom growth that will continue growing and spreading throughout your lawn. The downside to using this type of weed killer is that it requires frequent application and reapplication over time.
It takes several applications before you’re sure that you’ve eliminated all traces of zoysia grass from your lawn.
If you have a serious zoysia problem, you might consider calling a professional service. These companies use special machinery to inject herbicide into the ground and kill off underground zoysia grass roots.
Zoysia Grass And Fertilizers
One of the big problems with zoysia grass is that it’s very susceptible to a lot of different types of fertilizer. For this reason, it’s important to be very careful when applying fertilizer to zoysia grass. Normally, a quick application of a standard slow-release fertilizer is usually safe for zoysia grass, but if you’re planning on overseeding your zoysia lawn, you’ll want to be careful about applying too much nitrogen, which will cause the zoysia grass to grow too much and become susceptible to disease.
Most of the time, it’s best to leave the fertilizer on the shelf and let the zoysia grow on its own. If you do need to apply any fertilizer, it should be an organic slow-release type that has a low amount of nitrogen. Also, avoid using chemical weed killers when you have zoysia grass.
Most types of weed killer are harmful to the zoysia grass and can cause discoloration or even death.
Zoysia Grass Maintenance
One of the best ways to keep zoysia grass healthy is to make sure that it gets a regular mowing. This will keep the blades trimmed back and prevent them from dying off. One thing to remember about a zoysia lawn is that it doesn’t need to be watered very often.
In fact, overwatering can cause the roots to start growing deeper into the ground which can cause problems with drought in the summer months.
If you do see signs of browned off patches in your lawn, it may be time to start thinking about giving the lawn a good fertilizing and overseeding. This will help revive the dead patches and keep your lawn looking nice all year long.
Zoysia grass is a beautiful type of turf that can give your yard a lush, green appearance. As long as you’re careful with the amount of water and fertilizer you give the lawn, it should stay healthy and green throughout the year.
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