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Hi everyone. First-time a poster and a relative newbie to lawn knowledge.

I'm thinking about Zoysia for our backyard. Currently, just dirt as I've killed off all the weeds and previous Tall Fescue.
It seems like 90% of the lawns are Tall Fescue around here.

I live in the inland area of Southern California. Specifically around the Riverside area. Zip code 92883 if you want to look at my temperature data for the year. In the summer, temps are regularly over 100 and can peak at 110 a few times. In the winter, we can get an occasional dip into the 30s at night, but nighttime temps are usually in the 40-50s and daytime in the 60s-70s, with heat waves a few times up into the 80s and 90s in the day. My backyard gets full sun, not much shade, all day.

I have irrigation, so water is not an issue. A couple of questions:

1. Can it survive the 110-degree peaks in the summer.?

2. Will it go dormant in the winter here since our temps don't get very low for long periods?

3. I can't seem to find it as sod here unless somebody has some sources that I don't know about. So I was thinking about mail-order plugs. And of course, the first company that comes up when searching is Zoysia Farm Nurseries: Testimonials: Southwest

I remember seeing their ads in magazines decades ago.

4. Any difference between the 1" vs 3" plugs?

The cost won't be much for this as it's about 650sq feet.

5. What's the easiest way to get the lawn level if I'm doing this myself?

I don't think I want to do seeds.

6. Looking at the pics below, if I use sod, should I add more dirt to get closer to the level of the concrete, or will the sod bring it up high enough?

7. If I use plugs, should I add more dirt?

Thanks in advance everyone! I can get more pics for you if needed.

You can zoom in with this link if desired.

Hi everyone. First-time a poster and a relative newbie to lawn knowledge.

I'm thinking about Zoysia for our backyard. Currently, just dirt as I've killed off all the weeds and previous Tall Fescue.
It seems like 90% of the lawns are Tall Fescue around here.

I live in the inland area of Southern California. Specifically around the Riverside area. Zip code 92883 if you want to look at my temperature data for the year. In the summer, temps are regularly over 100 and can peak at 110 a few times. In the winter, we can get an occasional dip into the 30s at night, but nighttime temps are usually in the 40-50s and daytime in the 60s-70s, with heat waves a few times up into the 80s and 90s in the day. My backyard gets full sun, not much shade, all day.

I have irrigation, so water is not an issue. A couple of questions:

1. Can it survive the 110-degree peaks in the summer.?

2. Will it go dormant in the winter here since our temps don't get very low for long periods?

3. I can't seem to find it as sod here unless somebody has some sources that I don't know about. So I was thinking about mail-order plugs. And of course, the first company that comes up when searching is Zoysia Farm Nurseries: Testimonials: Southwest

I remember seeing their ads in magazines decades ago.

4. Any difference between the 1" vs 3" plugs?

The cost won't be much for this as it's about 650sq feet.

5. What's the easiest way to get the lawn level if I'm doing this myself?

I don't think I want to do seeds.

6. Looking at the pics below, if I use sod, should I add more dirt to get closer to the level
of the concrete, or will the sod bring it up high enough?

7. If I use plugs, should I add more dirt?

Thanks in advance everyone! I can get more pics for you if needed.

You can zoom in with this link if desired.

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Either Zoysia or Bermuda will be fine in your conditions. Larger plugs/sprigs would survive better if you did the plugging later in summer, but if you can get more 1" plugs then I'd do that, and do it when daytime temps are staying in the 80s.

Soil test the underlying soil first, if the pH is below 6, amend it. If its above 7, start with Tiger 90 sulfur and start the process to get it towards 6.5. Fix any big issues with P and K.

Water religiously, fertilize at 1lb N/1000 religiously every 6 weeks to start it out, it'll run and fill in. Since its a new lawn, you'll probably need 1-2 lb P/1000 to be there when you plug it. Cut short, religiously, it'll do the rest.

If you're plugging a hybrid zoysia (or bermuda), there are no seeds. Do NOT seed it with another variety either, let the runners fill itself in. I have never mail ordered plugs, its always available around me, so I don't know how well that will turn out.

In winter, yes it may go dormant. It will at least slow way down. Basically a frost will stop most varieties altogether, a warm week, or especially a warm rain in winter, will wake it right back up. I wouldn't expect it to be lush green all winter, it may turn half brown. Someone in your area would know better about the temps.
 
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