Zoysia Removal


Zoysia is a warm season grass that is native to Southeast Asia. It was introduced to the United States from Manila. The grass grows well in both sandy and clay soil and spreads through rhizomes and stolons. It turns brown after the first frost, but is one of the first summer grasses to turn green again in spring. Because of this, Zoysia is a popular choice for golf courses. But Zoysia cannot stand up to high traffic. If your lawn receives much foot traffic, it may be wise to replace your Zoysia with a grass variety that has better recuperative ability.

Step 1

Mow your lawn to approximately 1 inch in height.

Step 2

Rent a gas-powered sod cutter from your local rental store or garden center. Gas-powered sod cutters resemble tillers and operate the same way. They remove sod from your lawn in 16-inch wide strips by cutting through the soil below the root line.

Step 3

Start your sod cutter by pulling on the starter rope until the sod cutter's motor activates.

Step 4

Push the sod cutter across the surface of your lawn to cut the grass away in strips.

Step 5

Roll up the sod and set it aside. You can lay the sod down elsewhere, or pile it up to compost naturally.

Things You'll Need

  • Sod cutter


  • This Old House: Removing Established Grass
  • University of California: Removing Lawn
  • Texas A&M University: Zoysiagrass

Who Can Help

  • University of Kentucky Extension: Improving Turf Through Renovation
Keywords: Zoysia grass, removing grass, sod cutter

About this Author

Tracy S. Morris has been a freelance writer since 2000. She has published two novels and numerous online articles. Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers, including "Ferrets," "CatFancy," "Lexington Herald Leader" and "The Tulsa World."