In early spring, if you have a mature, established zoysiagrass lawn, drop your
mower a notch and give your lawn a “buzz cut.” Bag up all the material.
After your initial “buzz cut,” begin mowing your zoysiagrass at the desired height. Keep fine bladed zoysias mowed between .5 and 1.5 inches. Keep course bladed zoysiagrass mowed between 1 and 2 inches.
Apply pre-emergent herbicide. This will cut down on summer weeds.
Don’t over water. Zoysia needs about one inch of water a week, taking into consideration rainfall.
Apply fungicide (if needed). If you have had a fungus or disease in your zoysia in the past or have quite a bit of shade in the yard, you should apply a systemic fungicide to prevent future outbreaks.Fertilize your lawn (choose your program)
When mowing never remove more than 1/3 of the leaf blade. If you remove more than that, you will stress the grass and it may go brown for a short time. If on vacation, you may have to mow multiple times to get the grass back to the desired height. Wait about three to five days between each mowing.
Do not over water the grass. Zoysia only needs about 1” of water weekly. Water for longer periods of time, less frequently, and in the early morning hours. Take rainfall into consideration.
Fertilize your lawn (choose your program)
Apply fungicide. This will help the grass enter colder months in healthier condition.
If you have had fungus before, you may need multiple applications in affected areas. Treat with broad-spectrum insecticide (if needed). If you use a granular variety, water the lawn immediately after application to help get it into the soil. Make sure it offers control for billbugs.
During the fall mowing will occur less often – keeping your zoysia slightly higher will encourage deeper root growth for the winter.
Water less as temperatures drop – too much water will lead to disease.
If you haven’t had past problems with winter weeds, you can forgo herbicide in the fall. If you do get winter weeds, apply a pre-emergent herbicide for prevention.