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How to Start Zoysia Lawn from Seed

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by tx_in_nc, Apr 19, 2012.

  1. tx_in_nc

    tx_in_nc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    What are recommendations for converting a fescue lawn to Zoysia Lawn?
  2. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,446

    Unless you have automatic irrigation you will have a very difficult time growing zoysia from seed. Do you have automatic irrigation ?
  3. tx_in_nc

    tx_in_nc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    No, that is why I am switching from fescue.
    Fescue requires enormous amounts of water and in the
    Summer, there are always water restrictions.
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  4. agrostis

    agrostis LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,446

    You can spray out the fescue with 2% roundup, wait one week. It would be nice to cultivate that soil but it's not totally necessary. Sod with Emerald zoysia(Because of emerald's texture) Water with a hose for two week's. Now you have slow growing zoysia. It still need's water. (1/2 inch every 2 week's is plenty) It like's nitrogen. (1/2 lb. every month from May til Aug.) Winter weed's will be your biggest problem. I think zoysia done right is one of the best grass's for this area.
  5. greendoctor

    greendoctor LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,622

    Zoysia seed is hard to germinate. 1 month of irrigating several times a day in the hottest part of the year. Also, it does not germinate or grow very well unless it is warm. I will second the sod.

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