Maintenance

THESE GUIDELINES ARE NOT COMPREHENSIVE AS CLIMATE AND SOIL CONDITIONS VARY GREATLY
MOWING
WATERING
FERTILIZER
INSECTS
DISEASE
SPRING
Mow 1” – 2” with standard rotary mower every 7 – 10 days.  Shorter heights require regular and more frequent mowing.
Water thoroughly only when needed.  Apply water when slight wilting is visible.  One inch of water per week is the rule of thumb during drought conditions for sandy loam soils. Infrequent, thorough watering promotes healthy turf.  Over watering encourages excessive growth, disease, root rot and will suffocate turf. When automatic watering systems are used it is advised to install a rain shut-off device to disarm the system when it rains.  Early morning hours are the optimal time to irrigate.  Night time watering is not suggested.
Apply after danger of frost or in mid-February in frost-free areas.  Use balanced time-released fertilizer such as 16-4-8.  Use products with iron to improve color.  Perform soil analysis for best result.
Although there are few pests that affect EMPIRE Zoysia, time is of the essence in diagnosing and treating insect problems.  If you notice or suspect insect problems, contact your local licensed producer, extension agent, or visit our web site at www.sodsolutions.com for the latest information on insects.
Although there are few diseases that affect EMPIRE Zoysia, Pythium and other diseases are possible if conditions are favorable.  Time is of the essence in diagnosing and treating disease problems.  If you notice or suspect disease problems, contact your local licensed producer, extension agent, or visit our web site at www.sodsolutions.com for the latest information on diseases.
SUMMER
FALL
Mow 1” – 2” with standard rotary mower every 10 – 14 days if needed.  Shorter heights require regular and more frequent mowing.
Balanced time-released fertilizer such as 10-10-10.  Use product with iron to improve color. Perform soil analysis for best result.
WINTER