How to Plant Zenith Zoysia Seeds


Zenith zoysia grass is a newer varietal of the warm-season grass species designed to germinate easily from seed directly sown onto soil instead of being installed as plugs or sod. Zenith zoysia is slow growing but will create a lush deep green lawn when it is sown over a well-prepared seedbed and is watered and fed generously.

Step 1

Prepare the planting bed by turning the soil to a depth of at least 6 inches with a shovel or rototiller. Remove all large clods of soil, clay, rocks and pebbles. Level the soil with the back of a rake.

Step 2

Lay down an application of granular lawn starter fertilizer over the tilled and level soil. Follow the label's recommendations and do not to exceed 25 pounds over 1,000 square feet. Rake the fertilizer into the first 4 inches of soil and level again with the back of your rake.

Step 3

Sow the zenith zoysia seed by hand or spreader machine in an even layer over the prepared soil. Apply the seed at the prescribed rate on the seed bag's label. Rake to nestle the seed into the soil, being careful not to bury the seed as sunlight will speed germination.

Step 4

Water the new zenith lawn deeply and slowly until saturated. Use a gentle mist or rain setting from your hose to avoid displacing the seed and soil. Water once or twice daily through the germination period to keep the soil evenly moist at all times. After green shoots appear, scale back watering to every three to four days for several weeks. Thereafter, apply a bare minimum of a 1/2-inch of water every five to seven days.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Well-aged manure
  • Lawn starter fertilizer
  • Shovel
  • Rototiller
  • Rake
  • Seed spreader or hands


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