Advice needed - 1/2 Zoysia, 1/2 Tall Fescue lawn

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  1. 23cmcnitt23

    23cmcnitt23 LawnSite Member
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    Hello-
    I have a front yard that consists of 1/2 zoysia that is currently dormant and 1/2 tall fescue in the more shaded portion of the lawn. I used a lawn service the last few years and they did an OK job at controlling weeds but I was not satisfied in how they were handling a large area of the zoysia that was dying. Long story short, I self treated the area for a fungus late last summer and the pictures show what it currently looks like. I have decided to treat my lawn this year in hopes of saving money and having more control of what is happening to the lawn.

    Here are the results of Soil Testing late Oct. 2008:
    P=121 lbs/acre
    K=243 lbs/acre
    Ca=1832 lbs/acre
    Mg=206 lbs/acre
    Zn=16 lbs/acre
    pH=5.5

    It looks like weeds are slowly starting to come back now too. What is my next step to start self treatment/care of my lawn?

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  2. Grass will need two differt fert programs!

    What depth did you take your soil samples at?

    Did you tell the soil lab what depth you took the samples at?
     
  3. 23cmcnitt23

    23cmcnitt23 LawnSite Member
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    Their instructions were to dig to 4 inches but to be honest i probably only got 2.5-3 inches...i used a manual aeration tool to pull up the samples.
     
  4. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
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    Hate to sound like a jerk but.... bend over and pull them up - what do you got 10 weeds???
     
  5. IRRITECH

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
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    The Last two years without water have been very tough on the zoysia. Right now you need to get a pre-emergent down for the summer weeds. I think that all you can get at HD or Lowes is a combination fert/pre-emerge. Go ahead and get it down and make sure it gets watered in ( put it down before it rains). Hit the weeds in the zoysia with a 3/4 rate of round up, if you don't want to pull them. (NOT in the fescue)
     
  6. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
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    This lawn is never going to look right with tall fescue and zoysia. I would wait till spring, kill all the fescue, prep the soil, and lay zoysia sod on the lower part of the lawn. One type grass will simplify you fertilization program.

    You can apply lime now to raise you PH. Shoot for something closer to 6.5.

    One of the universities in Georgia probably has a website similar to this, http://msucares.com/lawn/lawn/index.html. This website can answer most of your questions.

    The two weeds that you posted are henbit and carolina geranium. I would pull those few weeds. Something like Weed B Gone will rid your lawn of most broadleaf weeds.
     
  7. Since you didn't fallow directions, the results and recommendations from the lab will be wrong!

    When ever you do a soil test, make sure the lab knows the depth you took the soil samples.

    Ph of 6.3 to 6.5 would be great

    Zoysia will take the most shade of any warm season grass, so I also recommend having the lawn all Zoysia, or all turf type tall fescue.

    I would recommend you get another soil test

    Tim
     
  8. Since you didn't fallow directions, the results and recommendations from the lab will be wrong!
    When ever you do a soil test, make sure the lab knows the depth you took the soil samples.

    Ph of 6.3 to 6.5 would be great

    Zoysia will take the most shade of any warm season grass, so I also recommend having the lawn all Zoysia, or all turf type tall fescue.

    I would recommend you get another soil test

    Tim
     
  9. ted putnam

    ted putnam LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Exactly what I have been thinking through this whole thread. Also, raise the canopy of those crape myrtles to allow a little more sunlight.
     
  10. IRRITECH

    IRRITECH LawnSite Senior Member
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    If the zoysia was going to grow there it already would. The yard was probaly sodded zoysia originally. The crepes grew and no more zoysia. Ya'll don't be idiots. bermuda/fescue, and zoysia/fescue are very common combinations around here. Not neccessarily like the yard above.
     

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