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Maintaining your Empire™ Zoysia lawn in Queensland

Maintaining your Empire™ Zoysia lawn in Queensland

Empire Zoysia Maintenance

Maintaining your Empire™ Zoysia lawn in Queensland is easy. Just mow regularly (although this still means 25 to 50% less than other lawns). Empire™ Zoysia isn’t fussy when it comes to mowing height. Just mow it taller in the shade, say around 50mm. Make sure you fertilise every Autumn, and preferably in Spring as well. Use a slow release fertiliser.

Even though it’s less likely you’ll have lawn grub problems with your Empire™ Zoysia lawn, it is still possible. If it does happen apply treatment quickly. It’s underground runners will make sure it recovers well.

Usually, Your neighbour’s Buffalo and Couch lawns will be attacked first, so keep an eye out for damage on their lawns. Empire™ Zoysia is good at outcompeting weeds, but even better, most grass weeds can be sprayed out without hurting the lawn. The same cannot be said for many other lawn types. Aerate if your lawn is compacted, and top dress if your lawn is uneven. That’s pretty much it. It’s easy to look after Empire™ Zoysia.

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Watering and Fertilising Your Lawn

Watering and Fertilising Your Lawn

Just like people, your established lawn needs a feed and a drink to remain healthy. The key is to water and feed the right way. When done properly, it’s probably less than you think. Unless you live somewhere that gets very little summer rainfall such as Perth, you can get away without a watering system. Whether you use a hose and sprinkler, or a system, big deep waterings less frequently are much better than lots of small shallow irrigating. Sure sometimes water restrictions makes that hard, but if you can water deep, the roots grow deeper, making your lawn more drought tough.

Watering and Fertilising Tips For Your Lawn

With warm season turf like Buffalo, Couch, Kikuyu and Zoysia, I usually let the lawn tell me when it’s thirsty. The leaves on the lawn will wilt slightly and that for me says water. On the east coast it usually takes 6 to 10 days without water in the heat of summer to do that. Then its time to water, but make sure it’s a deep water. This method uses far less water over a year than more frequent short watering. In fact I generally only water my lawns about 6 to 10 times per year. The rain does the rest.

Did you know research proved that a one or 2 year old lawn uses more water than many drought tolerant plants, but  a 4 year old lawn uses about half the water of plants. Its all about the deep watering, and deep roots. Soils often become water repelling; meaning no matter how much you irrigate the water won’t get into the soil properly. So make sure you use a wetting agent in Spring, and Summer. You can use a stand alone type, or you can try a fertilizer that comes with a wetting agent.

The best product to fertilise with is a good slow release fertiliser. The only thing better is one with a wetting agent. Slow release fertilizer will not burn your lawn, and it will keep working for 2 to 3 months. A standard fertiliser can burn, and only hangs around for a few days to a week, and often is dissolved into run off water, washing down drains and polluting our storm-water. Fertilise in Early Spring, then a lower application in Summer if you desire a darker green lawn at that time of the year.

Did you know the most important fertilise every year is the one in Autumn. It’s the one that gets your grass through the long winter months, and gives it enough energy to start growing again next spring.

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