Purchased new home with Zoysia front yard... (pictures)

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by dcnc, Apr 23, 2010.

  1. AmGreen

    AmGreen LawnSite Senior Member
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    hey dcnc, sounds like you should call a local lawn care provider - definitely not trugreen. love the desire to learn!

    you would need 15 lbs of a 50 lb bag of 10-10-10 to get 1 lb of N per 1500 sf

    granules will work fine. we use both liquid and granular.

    brand is a matter of preference.
     
  2. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    I purchased it used for $1375. It a 30" Legacy from Peachtree Mower.
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  3. dcnc

    dcnc LawnSite Member
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    Holy COW!! That thing looks SERIOUS. ;)

    No powered gas mower for me... I've only got 1500 sqft, and it only takes me about 25 mins to double-cut my yard with my reel mower: http://www.reelmowersetc.com/silent_cut_21.htm
    Plus its good exercise. :)

    Raked up about 20 lbs of thatch from the yard after I mowed yesterday. I think the previous owners let the zoysia grow WAY too tall. That's the third time I've removed thatch this spring.
     
  4. dcnc

    dcnc LawnSite Member
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    Fertilizer has been ordered, will arrive in a few days. :) (20-20-20)

    Still got plenty of weeds in amongst the Zoysia... When is a good time for a post-emergent treatment?? I've got some weed killer at the ready...

    Kill weeds, then fertilize? Fertilize, then kill weeds? The latter doesn't make much sense to me....

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  5. AmGreen

    AmGreen LawnSite Senior Member
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    Doesn't matter, either way. Some will say one is better than the other. How much slow release is in your fertilizer?
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  6. dcnc

    dcnc LawnSite Member
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    Cool. I think I'll kill me some weeds in a few days.

    No slow release. Its a liquid fertilizer.
     
  7. dcnc

    dcnc LawnSite Member
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    First of all, I just wanted to say THANKS to everyone who has chimed in with answers and suggestions so far. Its been a huge help.

    More pictures today.... maybe you guys have some easy answers....

    These pictures were taken on Saturday afternoon, when it was about 92 degrees and pretty dry. Last time I watered was Wednesday, and its been hot and dry all week. I've put down zero chemicals so far.

    1. As you can see, in certain spots, the zoysia leaves were curling up into tight tubes. I'd say this was only happening in the 10% of the yard that gets full sun all day long. I assumed this was a drought response, so I got out the hose and soaked these drier areas. We also ended up getting some cooler temps and a nice period of rain yesterday, which also helped.

    2. I'm not exactly sure how much thatch is "too much". In a couple of the photos you can see that despite my efforts to rake and remove it (AGAIN and AGAIN), there is still a fair amount still lying around. Ideas?

    3. Anyone know what the tiny "rust" spots are on some of my zoysia leaves?

    Thanks again everyone. :)

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  8. benjammin

    benjammin LawnSite Senior Member
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    I think you are right about drought stress.
    You can signup here: http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/tims/default.aspx
    for watering guidance. If you have irrigation it helps with adjusting your watering schedule based on microclimate data stations in your specific area (NC only).

    As far as the rust spots, can't help you there. I know my Z had brown patch in the fall and it's back now, just had a fungicide app that seems to be helping and the NC Turf Files issued at Disease Alert for Brown Patch: http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/Alerts.aspx#005089

    There is also a Disease Identification Aid here: http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/diseaseID/default.aspx

    and don't forget Grub Treatment in June (also from NC TurfFiles)
    May 24th, 2010. Japanese beetles are now beginning to emerge which means egg laying will start in ealry June. Effective applications of insecticides for white grubs will be mid June for much of th estate (a little later in the mountains). Despite the dry weather in April and early May, the beetles are right on schedule.
     
  9. dcnc

    dcnc LawnSite Member
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    UPDATE!! :)

    Did a very light treatment of 20-20-20 the other day (liquid), just to get my feet wet (no pun intended). All went well. Does seem to be a little more blade growth lately.

    I'm starting to agree about the fungicide, too. The shady part of the lawn stays fairly moist, and I'm seeing more rust here and there. I still haven't applied my post-emergent Weed-B-Gon, I've just been too busy, and the threat of rain always keeps me guessing. Maybe early next week if it stays "cooler".

    Thatch: there is so much dead Poa annua laying around the yard, its sad. On top of that, my raking didn't really seem to remove the thick layer of decaying crap that seemed to be everywhere. So.... I went out and bought a nice thatch rake. Several days and roughly 60 lbs of thatch later, the lawn looks much different. I can actually see the soil!! :) Big improvement. Although I don't think my back will ever be the same. :(

    Plenty of new, interesting weeds keep popping up.... which I pull out by hand. Crabgrass, clover, dandelion, some bermuda, really too many to list. Really needs a herbicide, but that'll have to wait until the right day.

    Questions:
    1. What is a good retail fungicide for Zoysia?
    2. I've heard rumors about treating for grubs... good retail product?
    2. Any ideas what the following pictures show?

    Thanks!

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  10. RDA

    RDA LawnSite Member
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    I use Milky Spore.

    First two look like spittlebug and the second two look like worm castings.

    Wait was that question #2 or #3?

    :)

    Regards,

    Rich
     

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