How to Care for Meyer Zoysia


Meyer zoysiagrass is a hybridized sub-cultivar of Zoysia japonica, a perennial warm season grass. It was developed in 1941 by the United States Department of Agriculture and released to the public a decade later, named for the scientist who brought the first specimen of zoysia seed back to the United States from Korea. As a slow-growing grass, Meyer zoysia is propagated by plugs or sod and is prized for its dense, hard-wearing turf. It grows in warm and temperate climates and is tolerant of a wide range of soil and temperature conditions.

Step 1

Water your Meyer zoysia with a minimum of 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water each week during the summer with less in spring, fall and winter. Divide this amount of water into two deep watering sessions each week, or three in very warm or dry weather or when growing atop sandy soil.

Step 2

Fertilize your Meyer zoysia lawn three times each year with a nitrogen-rich lawn fertilizer formula. Apply according to product label directions but do not exceed 1 pound of actual nitrogen for every 1,000 square feet of lawn expanse to prevent chemical burns to the plants and over-fertilization. Make the first application in spring and the second in early summer and the last in early to mid fall. Water in the fertilizer deeply following each application.

Step 3

Mow your Meyer zoysia grass regularly to keep it at a consistent desired blade length. It performs best when shorn low at 1 inch every 3-5 days. When exposed to direct sun mow to a height of 1-2 inches to prevent sunscald mowing at an interval of every 5-7 days. Refrain from allowing the lawn to grow taller and then mowing, as this will result in scalping and a reduction in soft green growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Lawn fertilizer
  • Adjustable height lawn mower


  • Texas A&M University: Zoysiagrass
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