How to Care for Zoysia Sod


Zoysia sod is a warm climate turf lawn that is drought resistant and tolerant under high traffic conditions. The grass forms a dense turf that spreads through rhizomes and stolon growth. While zoysia grass prefers to be planted in a well-drained soil that has at least six to eight hours of full sunlight, it will also grow in shaded locations. Zoysia grass goes dormant and turns brown in color in the fall and remains that way until the spring season.

Step 1

Test soil pH on a yearly basis in the spring with a home pH test kit, as zoysia grass prefers a pH from 6.0 to 7.0. Apply lime to the lawn area and water thoroughly if the soil pH number needs to be raised.

Step 2

Water zoysia sod when the grass shows signs of needing water. Zoysia grass is drought resistant and does not respond well to over watering. Zoysia sod requires watering when grass blades begin to curl inward. Water the grass to provide one inch per week when rainfall levels are inadequate.

Step 3

Mow zoysia grass once it reaches a height of at least two inches in sunny locations and three inches in shaded locations. The grass responds well to being mowed down to 1 1/2 inches in full sun and 2 1/2 inches in shade.

Step 4

Fertilize zoysia lawns with a complete lawn fertilizer in the spring. Apply a nitrogen fertilizer during the growing season at a rate of two to three pounds per 1,000 square feet of lawn.

Step 5

Edge around a zoysia grass lawn, as it will spread and become invasive when not controlled. Use a lawn edger to define flower bed, shrub and tree borders to give the lawn a controlled appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil pH test kit
  • Lime
  • Water
  • Mower
  • Complete lawn fertilizer
  • Nitrogen fertilizer
  • Lawn edger


  • University of Missouri Extension: Establishment and Care of Zoysiagrass Lawns
  • Seedland: Zoysia Grass Maintenance
  • Texas Cooperative Extension: Zoysiagrass
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