Zoysia - all stem
I put in Zoysia sod in July of 2010. Looked great in '10, doesn't look as good this year. If I take my foot (or hand) and part the grass, I can easily see the earth. By "part the grass" I simply mean, take my foot and push the grass to one side. I believe this is because the grass is almost all stem. Last year the lawn was much thicker.
I cut the grass when it reaches about 4", and cut it down to about 3". I realize that's a little long for Zoysia. But the problem is, this is central Florida; very hot, and lots of sun.
The lawn gets full sun. I'm afraid if I cut it 2" or shorter the ground will dry out even quicker. But now, I'm afraid this lawn is vulnerable, having so little of the grass as blades of grass, versus stem.
How can I remedy this?
If I wait until this winter when the lawn has gone dormant, can I cut the lawn back to 2"?
It will be ALL stem. Will it come back?