Zoysia Lawn Mowing Tips

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This article will give you tips on how to mow your Zoysia Grass lawn.
by Terry O'Leary · Zone 6A · -10° to -5° F to Zone 10A · 30° to 35° F · Lawn Care · 0 Comments · August 17, 2010 · 7,834 views

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Tips for Mowing a Zoysia Lawn

  • Though some gardeners mow 'Emerald Green' Zoysia with a reel-type mower, most Zoysia grasses can be mowed using a rotary mower with a sharp blade. That being said, you can use a reel mower on any type of zoysia. Just know that reel mowers are much more exp[ensive and difficult to maintain. Dull blades whip and shred the grass ends rather than cutting the grass cleanly, causing your lawn to look yellowish the next day. Ragged grass blades also lead to more water use by the grass and possibly an increase in disease. So, it's a good idea to use the two-blade system. Keep one extra sharp blade(s) around for a replacement. Replace blade every 8 cuttings.
  • Do not scalp zoysia grass. It's better to mow these grasses more often to insure you're not cutting too much off at a time. Never cut more than one third of the grass blade off when mowing. The height you mow will depend on the variety of zoysia, your personal preferences, and the type of mower you are using. If you want that very low carpet look it will be necessary to use a reel mower rather than a rotary mower.
  • As long as you cut your zoysia lawn on a regular basis you can leave the clippings since they are a natural way to feed your grass. Clippings also reduce the amount of water the grass needs to stay green and healthy looking. Clippings also reduce the amount of water the grass needs to stay green and healthy looking. Research has shown that letting the clippings fall on the ground does not lead to disease or thatch problems.
    • Mow when grass is dry. Mowing grass when wet is a sure fire recipe for those dreaded clumps that can lead to fungus and disease!
    • Avoid ruts and help your grass to stand straighter by mowing at a different angle across the lawn each mowing.
    • In fall, let the grass go dormant without excessive mowing. It will have a nice light brown color during the winter. In late March, mow off the top brown blades to expose the soil to the sun and warm the soil. Scalping the grass very low is not necessary. Burning the dead grass is also not recommended. It is illegal in most areas and it is dangerous in all places.
  • It puts less stress on the lawn to mow in the evening than to mow when the sun is pounding down in the afternoon.

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