How to Mow Zoysia Grass


Zoysia is a species of warm season grass native to Asia that comes in several varietals. It is grown and naturalized as an ornamental grass in its natural form and shorn relatively low for use as lawn grass. Zoysia grasses propagate themselves by underground rhizomes and creeping overground stolons, and can readily rebound from drought. They are also tolerant of foot traffic and wear, making them ideal for use on sports fields and playgrounds, and in parks.

Step 1

Mow your Zoysia grass to a blade length between ½ inch and 1½ inches to prevent scalping or excess thatch buildup.

Step 2

Raise the mowing height for your Zoysia grass ½ inch up from its typical mowing height during the heat of summer or bouts of drought, or when grown in shady conditions.

Step 3

Dethatch your Zoysia grass at least once a year or as needed to prevent the thickening buildup of dead blades and living stolons. Run the dethaching rake through the grass in a pulling motion with short strokes. Make two passes over the entire expanse of Zoysia grass with the second pass made at a 90-degree angle to the first.

Things You'll Need

  • Adjustable-height mower with sharp blade
  • Dethatching rake


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