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Zoysia (again)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by burns60, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. burns60

    burns60 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 291

    Anyone do zoysia without bagging it? Does it damage zoysia to not bag it? Would you discharge it or mulch?
  2. rlpenny

    rlpenny LawnSite Member
    Posts: 16

    I'm no LCO (what does LCO mean), just a homeowner with a decent size patch of zoysia. I mulch it with no problems to the grass but I must admit that even though it grows slower than the bermuda which is slower than the fescue, that zoysia is so thick it even lugs my 2 stroke (Tecumseh 840XL) Ariens 21 mower and will leave more than a trail of grass along the right side. Seems the zoysia is so thick that it litterally rubs against the middle part of the blade attachment enough to slow it down. I followup my mowing with a backpack blower ShinEB630 to evenly distribute the occasional mulch clipping rows in the thick turf areas.

    Hope this helps.
  3. Lawnaholic

    Lawnaholic LawnSite Member
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 103

    rlpenny, LCO: Lawn Company...
  4. Tider6972

    Tider6972 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Alabama
    Posts: 649

    I mulch Zoysia. You have to have <i>sharp</i> blades, and stay in control of it (should be cut at I 1/4" to 1 1/2" ). During heavy growth periods, be prepared to cut it every 4 days or so!
  5. SWD

    SWD LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 989

    Yes, you can side discharge, mulch or bag Zoysia.
    The only difference in being your fertilization program.
    Most varieties of Zoysiagrass are heavy thatch producers so cultural management is extremely important.
    Verti-cutting and aerification are two important management methods, as well as proper fertilization.
    The easiest way to taylor a program for your area is to find out if a golf course near where you are has Zoysia and talk to the Superintendent
  6. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    I've mulched or sidedischarged my own zoysia and for customers for 15+ years. Never a problem.
    I disagree with talking with golf course supers...they know all about grass, but they know it only for the heavily maintained course. The soil structures and growing patterns in a golf course is completely different than a home lawn.

    I would find someone with a sod farm or someone with real world home install and maintenance experience. Not someone that just cuts grass or someone that just installs. Both can and will only know what they "heard" from others. You are looking for someone with a real understanding of the soil structures in your area, a scientific understanding of the grasses and soil inputs. Someone that has an understanding of the soil will get you much more useful info.

    What part of n. Mississippi are you in?
  7. burns60

    burns60 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 291

    Thanks for all the info on Zoysia.

    65Hoss I live in Columbus. Have a few yards that are too far out but can't seem to "replace" them. (I have a hard time saying "no") Only one Zoysia, but customer wants it bagged. He pays well, I just would like to be able to mulch it, I would even pass the savings on to him.
  8. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 6,360

    Mississippi St. probably has some really good info about mulching and the benefits. You could find a copy and give to him.
  9. yardmonkey

    yardmonkey LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 340

    I have just one tiny patch of zoysia in a yard that I have been mowing weekly for about 4 years. I always mulch-mow. Doesn't seem to be a problem. I do have one problem with this zoysia patch, though. It is on the same irrigation zone as some fescue and some flower beds and it gets way over-watered. Zoysia needs even less water and fertilizer than bermuda. The grass is doing OK, but it gets infested with Oxalis corniculata (creeping woodsorrel), a very pesky weed. The zoysia is thick enough to keep out most weeds and I doubt there would be a problem with the oxalis if the watering could be reduced. I would suggest try mulching and see if it looks OK to you and the customer. (I would assume that discharging would not look too good on it). You always read that zoysia is especially prone to thatch. But thatch is not the same as a buildup of organic matter. It is probably more due to overuse of strong fertilizers.
  10. burns60

    burns60 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 291

    65hoss, very good idea. I will pursure some info from MSU and let him look it over. Thanks

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