zoysia grass in new york

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by LDC30, Apr 30, 2014.

  1. LDC30

    LDC30 LawnSite Member
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    Thinking about converting my lawn to zoysia in ny...highland near poughkeepsie to be exact...I see a lot who have mixed lawns with zoysia but that could be because of improper maintenance. Just trying to figure out if I can use the scotts bonus s southern weed and feed or should I use something else for a weed control/fert? Any suggestions on zoysia would be great...btw anyone know when it comes out of dormancy up this way? I know 70 degrees soil temp...but a date?
     
  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
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    I wouldn't. Your just too far north for zoysia or any other warm season grass. Those mixed lawn's you see are just that because it isn't warm enough. I sure don't blame you for wanting a slow growing, pest resistant turf, but that's the wrong location. Good luck with whatever you do.
     
  3. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
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    Brown from end of Sept to about June depending on temp.
     
  4. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    Zoysia is also hard to mow if you are cutting it at the right height.
     
  5. LDC30

    LDC30 LawnSite Member
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    Even if you fertilize and use the proper weed control and yes I know about the mowing...it wouldn't eventually choke out those other grasses?
     
  6. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    It will. Then get into flower beds and onward to the neighbor's lawn after that. If you want zoysia, cut it with a reel mower down to 3/4", feed it in the spring, irrigate in the summer. You will soon not have cool season grasses because that kind of maintenance will kill it. Only concern is how the grass might be dormant from September til June in the Northeast.
     
  7. LDC30

    LDC30 LawnSite Member
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    Thanks lawn doc...that was pretty much my intentions...except I was gonna do 1" but whichever....and I don't mind the brown since most of that time we are under white stuff anyway:laugh:
     
  8. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    1" is borderline for zoysia. Which cultivar? The wider leaved varieties will do ok between 1/2"-1" with a reel. The fine leaved varieties need to be kept at 1/2" or lower.
     
  9. LDC30

    LDC30 LawnSite Member
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    Zenith from seed
     
  10. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
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    That is 1". No need to go lower, but should not be rotary cut.
     

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