Cutting Meyer Zoysia Lawn

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by cpinsc, Apr 2, 2002.

  1. cpinsc

    cpinsc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I am having problems cutting a Meyer zoysia lawn that was sodded 1 year ago. I am trying a new Honda Masters self propelled with the double mulching blades installed. Either mulching or bagging, the mower wants to stall in the thickest parts (and the zoysia is just starting to grow). Also, it is leaving way too many clippings in the thick parts when mulching. What would you recommend? I thought the Honda (5hp OHV) would out perforum the Toro Super Recycler even though the hp is rated 6.5. Help would be appreciated. I really want to mulch because bagging is taking forever.
  2. laynlow

    laynlow LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    I hate to say it, but I think that is just the nature of that beast. My neighbor has some Zoysia sections in a yard that is otherwise bermuda. I don't believe your mower is the problem. I have a Honda also, but the neighbor has a mower with a 6.5 briggs on it that stalls in the Zoysia section only.
  3. Catcher

    Catcher LawnSite Member
    Messages: 166

    Try mowing more often, taking less of a cut?
  4. cpinsc

    cpinsc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 2

    I think both of you are right, but I am mowing once per week now. Found a neighbor across the way with Meyer. He cuts with a Toro Recycler, 6.5 hp and says he has no problems. He cuts his about 3 1/2" high however. I am trying to keep it at about 2 inches.
  5. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,232

    It may be worth your time to bag the clippings, that way you won't have the clipping bogging your mower down. Or you could discharge the clippings and blow off the excess, still getting a neat looking yard. I think, with zoysia, that you can even get away with mowing it at 1-1.5". That may reduce the amount that you have to take off each time, since the length of the blade plays a role in the depth of the roots.
  6. KirbysLawn

    KirbysLawn Millenium Member
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  7. toby

    toby LawnSite Member
    from ontario
    Messages: 66

    Takes too long to bag. Mulching looks like crap. Get a Lawnboy & side-discharge it.
  8. ezf

    ezf LawnSite Member
    from GA
    Messages: 4

    cut it at above 3 inches, your problem should go away since it is no longer growing that fast
  9. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,545

    If you want to mow with that set-up you need to mow at 3-3.5 inches. If you want to go lower than that you need a reel mower.
  10. WoodinVirginia

    WoodinVirginia LawnSite Member
    Messages: 10

    If you mow it with a ZTR mower sharpen your blades every 20 hours to make your lawn look right too... All zoysia grass is tough on blades as well. Sharp blades make the lawn look better.

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