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Old 01-30-2008, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Virginia (again)
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If you have neighbors, keep in mind that your zoysia grass will likely overtake their fescue lawns at some point. They may not appreciate you for it.
Also, if you're in a HOA you should make sure you're allowed to put it in. Some require fescue. My neighbors on boths sides are planning on putting it in this Spring. We have a relatively healthy fescue yard. I'm not excited about it, but what can I do. The neighbor on one side told us he had researched it thoroughly and creep was only 2" per year. We shall see!
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Old 02-05-2008, 09:28 PM
 
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Zoysia will eventually be invasive. It will invade your mulched areas and garden beds. It will go into your neighbor's lawn. It is the devil to get rid of, because the roots are deep and tenacious. You really have to think about Zoysia before putting it in, cause once it's in, it's IN, and it's everywhere.

It is the LAST thing to green up in the late spring, and the first to go brown in fall. It looks awful for 6 mos. of the year here. As in the color of hay or wheat straw. I hate the stuff.
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Old 02-05-2008, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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yeah, I have to agree with meadowmuffin on this one. It looks horrible most of the year.
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Old 02-06-2008, 09:02 PM
 
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Another thing about dormant warm season grass that I never thought of until having it in my yard is that everybody drags "pieces" of the grass into the house on their shoes so we have to vaccum almost every day.
You can seed some varities of Zosia, sprig it, or sod it.
*Seeding is the cheapest, but does not establish well, requiring several re-seedings.
*Sprigging is a little better. It is best to kill any competing grass/weeds as they will fight for nutrients that you supply to the sprigs. Also remember the rule of thumb for establishing warm season turf: first year it sleeps, second year it creeps, third year it leaps.
* Of course we all know how sod works .
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Old 02-07-2008, 10:01 AM
 
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I would delay any turf rehab until the drought eases. Wake County is going ahead with stage 2 restrictions--the money you spend on the lawn will be wasted if you're not permitted to water...
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