Zoysia Farm Nurseries: Care & Maintenance

Care and Maintenance

After your Amazoy zoysia lawn is established it requires very little care and maintenance. Minimal mowing, watering and annual maintenance will reward you with a thick, luxurious green lawn, which will also allow you to transplant additional zoysia plugs on your own. Here are answers to the most common care questions:


“This is a real life lawn rag to riches story. Shade most of the time, four summers of drought and critters! ...the kids enjoyed planting it. They enjoyed more seeing how it grew and what it looked like. I love the stuff” —J.L.
Amazoy will require up to 80% less irrigation than other grasses. Your zoysia lawn will only require supplemental watering if there has been very little rainfall.


You will not need to mow nearly as often because zoysia doesn't grow tall quickly. A healthy zoysia lawn should be mowed to a height of 1 1/2" to 3". A golden rule when mowing any turf is "never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf height."

Should You Fertilize?

Although zoysia can survive and grow in any soil, additional nutrients may help speed up growth and improve color. An application of a quality fertilizer should provide your Amazoy zoysia plugs with a "jump start" to a beautiful zoysia lawn. Zoysia requires water-soluble mixtures; we recommend Nutri-20, which has been specifically formulated for zoysia grass plugs.

Our planting and care instructions are included with your order.

Fertilizing an Established Zoysia Lawn

Widespread tests in many states and with many thousands of lawn owners have shown that Amazoy grass will grow in virtually any soil from heavy clay to sandy, salty beach areas. Turf Thrive is an excellent addition to any soil to unlock existing natural nutrients helping to strengthen roots.

Your zoysia lawn will be its most luxurious and healthy if it is fertilized once a year in late May or early June when the grass is actively growing. If you decide to fertilize your lawn, do NOT use ordinary, granular fertilizers. They can burn or cause serious damage to your lawn. You must use a water-soluble fertilizer such as Nutri-20. Nutri-20 has been specially formulated for use on zoysia.

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Nutri-20 Fertilizer

Nutri-20 is a water-soluble fertilizer specially formulated for zoysia grass lawns. It will also improve the health and growth of shrubs, plants and vegetables.

Nutri-20 is available in 5, 10, and 15 pound quantities.

Applying Fertilizer

Fertilizer should be applied with a hose-end sprayer, since this supplies necessary water as well as fertilizer. Always follow directions carefully when applying any fertilizer product to avoid problems associated with over feeding such as chemical burn. To apply water-soluble components, use our Hose-End Sprayer. Download our directions for application.

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Watering an Established Zoysia Lawn

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"I just wanted to let you know that I had plugged my yard several years ago with Amazoy plugs and they are filling in quite nicely. I live in Omaha, Nebraska where the heat index this year has averaged over the 100 degree mark for the past three to four weeks, but your grass doesn’t seem to mind the hot temperatures!" —G.C.
National turf tests have shown that zoysia lawns require much less water than many other grasses. Irrigation can be reduced up to 80%. As a general rule, an established zoysia lawn will not require supplemental watering unless there has been little rainfall. If the ground around your zoysia is dry and cracking, supplemental watering is necessary. Excessive watering may damage the root system.

Moisture and Zoysia

For maximum growth, zoysia plug roots should not be saturated. After the lawn is established, little, if any, supplemental watering is necessary to maintain your lawn. Excessive watering will damage the root system. Our Moisture Meter helps to determine watering needs. Our Automatic Water Shut-Off helps to assure plugs receive the proper amount of water.

Grass Height

Once the plugs have taken root, a healthy zoysia lawn should be maintained at a height of 1 1/2" to 3". A golden rule of mowing is "never cut more than 1/3 of the leaf height."

Mowing an Established Zoysia Lawn

Amazoy's slow growth rate dramatically reduces mowing frequency. Normal mowing height is 1 1/2" to 3", but your lawn can be maintained, if desired, at 1/2". Consistent height can be maintained by using a sharp rotary or reel mower. Remember, never remove more than one-third of the leaf blade.


Most zoysia lawns do not require dethatching. If you determine dethatching is necessary, it is advisable to do so in the spring to improve the passage of air, water and nutrients through the turf. Our easy to use Liquid Thatch Remover goes to work quickly, or alternatively dethatching equipment usually can be rented locally.

Can I use weed killers?

If your zoysia hasn't had a chance to fill in and choke out weeds yet, you can use any available product for general weed problems. To apply water-soluble components, use our Hose-End Sprayer. Do not use Roundup or like products as it will seriously harm your zoysia grass.

Transplant Your Own Plugs

Once your zoysia is established, our exclusive Step-on Plugger helps you transplant your own zoysia plugs. You can transplant plugs from an established lawn up to two times a season, and it should still be able to heal itself within the same season.

Installing Borders

Plastic or metal borders inserted 6" into the ground will keep zoysia from invading flowerbeds, vegetable gardens and your neighbor's lawns. We recommend our Easy-Edge® Lawn Edging.
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