The best time of year to plant Zoysia compost grass is in late spring or in the beginning of summer. It needs very warm temperatures to germinate properly and thrive. It needs a good supply of moisture and sunshine. Extremely low temperatures such as winter can hinder the germination and halt the growth of your new turf thus avoid planting two weeks from winter.
In order to ensure the best results when using your Zoysia Grass Fertilizer, you must know how to apply it correctly. It’s best to spread it on the entire surface of the ground before spreading the clippings back into the soil. If you have a sloping piece of land with multiple directions, you can cut the fertilizer into four equal parts. For a five-foot strip, you would need about three quarters of one ounce of fertilizer per square foot.
After you have spread your fertilizer on the ground, make sure that it is completely dry before you begin. For the first couple days, the weeds should not be visible. However, if they are, lightly water them with a sprinkler head while they are establishing themselves. If you see that the grass is not starting to go anywhere yet, you have the green lawn bug to deal with. This is a fungus that can harm your zoysia grass.
Your next step is to look at your soil and determine its PH (phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen). You can purchase a lawn fertilizer with a phosphorus content of five percent, potassium of five percent, and nitrogen of ten percent. You should take your samples to your local garden center, and have them test the soil for these three elements. Once you find out the PH, potassium, and nitrogen content, you can calculate the amount of fertilizer needed. However, before you do this, you need to make sure that you are watering your lawn correctly.
There are two brands of fertilizers you can purchase. You can buy either a liquid or a granular type. Although a liquid fertilizer will give the grasses a greater amount of nutrients, they do not retain as much of them. A granular product will retain a higher percentage of the nutrients, and they will last longer than a liquid fertilizer.
Once you have determined the correct fertilizing formula, you can begin to apply it. You will want to make sure that you follow the package directions carefully. The package instructions will state what amount of each primary nutrients should be applied to the soil. In order to maximize the life span of the plants, you should fertilize every second row after the first row. If you don’t follow the package directions, you can end up with a lawn that is dying after only one year of being cared for.
The best fertilizer for zoysia grass in my opinion, is a blend of equal parts nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous. This is a good combination because it allows the soil to maintain a natural balance of nutrients and to keep the grass healthy and green. By using a fertilizer with a high percentage of these three nutrients, the lawn will stay healthy and attractive for many years. There are several brands of fertilizers that contain one or two of these ingredients, and they all work well.
When choosing a brand of fertilizer, it is important that you choose one that contains nitrogen. The reason is that zoysia cannot produce its own nitrogen, so the more nitrogen that you add, the healthier the grass will be. You can also choose to add slow release nitrogen, which helps to increase the amount of time the grass will stay healthy. The slow release fertilizer will not affect the color or height of the lawn.