Establishing your new Empire Zoysia Lawn
Avoid heavy or concentrated use of new Empire Zoysia lawn for the first 2 -3 weeks to give the roots an opportunity to firmly knit with soil and to ensure that the turf will remain smooth.
Watering during establishment period:
Week 1: Water twice a day, preferably morning and afternoon.
Week 2: Water once a day but watering should be longer to encourage the roots to search deeper.
Week 3: Water 2 – 3 times per week.
Maintaining your new Empire Zoysia Lawn
The first mow usually takes place in week 6. To make sure that your new lawn is ready, try lifting one corner of a turf slab. If it lifts you will need to wait a bit longer. Once established Empire Zoysia will only need mowing every 3-4 weeks.
The first rule of thumb to keep in mind when mowing your Empire Zoysia lawn, is that mowing height matters! Never mow off more than 1/3 of leaf at a one time. Depending on the look that you like you can mow your Empire Zoysia lawn as low as 25mm for a manicured look or up to 35-45mm for a lush carpet effect. During the hot, dry days of summer, it’s a good policy to let your grass grow just a little bit longer, so raise the mower height a little more than usual and your lawn will be better able to survive those summer scorchers.
Once established Empire Zoysia will require watering only when needed during hot spells and windy periods. Empire Zoysia is drought tolerant and will handle long dry periods bouncing back quickly after rain.
We recommend dethatching your Empire Zoysia lawn every 2nd or 3rd spring. This can be achieved by mowing very short at the start of spring and collecting the clippings off the lawn or hiring a dethatching machine from your local equipment hire outlet.
Empire Zoysia only requires two (2) fertilises per year at the start of autumn and winter. If you would like a very deep green colour throughout the year you can fertilise at the start of each season though this will increase the frequency of mowing required. We recommend a slow release fertiliser.
Empire Zoysia is extremely pest resistant though if you do get lawn pests such as the dreaded lawn grub or curl grub you need to get onto this immediately. The easiest way to rid yourself of these is the Amgrow Patrol Lawn & Beetle Pest Control, a granular product that controls lawn grubs, beetles, ants, earwigs, millipedes, mole crickets and slaters. It is safe to use on lawn or in garden beds.
Alternatively, you can use Lawn Lovers Grub Guard 2L. This premium pest control for lawns has an easy spray-on applicator that means you don’t need to handle any granulated chemicals or poisons or endanger breathing in any residue dusts.
We believe that prevention is always better than a cure. If your lawn is kept healthy the weeds will struggle to establish. If you do have any weeds take hold, including bindi, clover, cudweed or thistles, we do recommend All Purpose Weed Control to rid yourself of them.
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