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Old 05-06-2011, 05:11 AM
Location: NJ
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My lawn is made up of some type of zoysia grass (the type that is brown/yellow all winter). I'm trying to figure out the proper way to care for this type of grass because we are now 1 week into May and my lawn is still about 50% yellow/brown. I read online that this type of grass should grow no higher than 2 inches, and mine was about 3 inches. So I have mowed it down to 2 inches over the past week. If I look at some of the individual grass blades I can see a green blade in the middle with 2 brown parts draped off the sides. Will this eventually fall off? Should I try raking the lawn again to get rid of some of these brown leaves? Any other suggestions?
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:17 AM
Location: Philaburbia
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You've got it: Rake the grass to loosen the brown blades. You can either leave the brown grass on the lawn and mulch it with your next mowing, or scoop it up and compost it.

It might take a couple of rakings for the grass to look completely green, especially if the temps stay cool.

Another mowing hint: Try to mow zoysia before it buds. That's how you know it's definitely too long!
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Old 05-06-2011, 10:49 AM
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If you have a large lawn area you could rent a de-thatcher or vertislicer to help condition your lawn. Then rake through your lawn with a very sturdy metal garden rake. I would not compose the zoysia unless the compost was specifically set aside for your lawn and separate form other compost piles for garden, flower beds, etc.

Then aerate and fertilize. Zoysia is very hearty. You could also you fertilize heavy then water the hack out of it. It is a warm season grass that really does not get going until the ground warms up. Just because the ambient air temp is 80 degrees the ground could still be 50-60 degrees several inches down where the roots are located.
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