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Zoysia Scalping Experiment

Posted by oceanfrank 9 (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 13, 12 at 7:54



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Optimal height for Empire Zoysia is 1.5" (

Running log for 2012

2/29 - Cut Height 3.00"
3/29 - Cut Height 2.50"
4/5 - Cut Height 2.00"
4/12 - Cut Height 1.25"

Lawn Mower only cuts at 0.75, 1.25, and 2.00 at the minimum ranges.

Since I live in Zone 9, I decided to choose 2" over 1.25" as the maintenance cut for my lawn based water conservation and less need for cutting.

After getting a lot of feedback on this site I decided to scalp my Empire Zoysia and let you share in the process.

I know I have had a lot of trouble understanding what is meant by cutting it low, and scalping in the spring. I read about it, got advice, but was not able to find many examples of what it really looked like. Hence, for the benefit of others, I am going to document the process. Every 3-4 days I will take new photos and post. Given this is Empire Zoysia in Zone 9, I expect it to take close to two months to fully recover. Hence you will either share in my defeat at the lawn dies out, or get to watch some good advice turn into a great lawn.

Stay tuned.

Follow-Up Postings:

RE: Zoysia Scalping Experiment

Ought to be interesting. Keep us posted. Have you applied your first fertilizer app yet? If not getter done.

RE: Zoysia Scalping Experiment

I did in mid February not sure if I should wait until May, or do it now. Would you really put it down now that it is so short and brown, or wait? Thoughts? I have a bag of 29-0-10 in waiting due to a soil test I recently did.

RE: Zoysia Scalping Experiment

NO. Do not over fertilize Zoysia. Are you in Florida? If so you only need 3 apps per season. Otherwise only 2 apps per season. Apps are spread out 8 to 10 weeks apart. Last app 6 to 8 weeks before first frost in fall.

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