When Should I Overseed Dead Spots In A Zoysia Lawn

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I have a few dead spots in my zosia lawn and want to over-seed. When should I do this?

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Answer #2 · Gardenality.com's Answer · Hi Alan - I concur with John. Overseeding should be done in mid- to late-spring or early summer when soil temperatures at at least 70 degrees or so. Do you know what type of Zoysia lawn you have? Reason I ask, if it is a hybrid Zoysia that was installed with sod, the seed-type Zoysia will not match color and texture of the hybrid Zoysia. Too, if you have dead spots, this could be an indicator that there is a fungus or disease in the lawn that might need to be treated before overseeding. I have Meyer Zoysia in my back yard and it stayed so wet all winter that a fungus developed it. I'm treating it a lawn fungicide first and, once that is under control, will patch the bare spots with Meyer Zoysia sod in early summer.


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Answer #1 · Maple Tree's Answer · Hi Alan-Zoysia is a warm season grass and should be seeded in late spring/early summer after any late frost may be expected. This warm season grass grows well once the day time temperatures are consistently 70 degrees or above. Before seeding always make sure any dry or dead spots were not caused by insects or disease that should be treated before planting new grass. Many times some bare areas may just be caused by unusually cold winter temperatures killing out some of the lawn. If you know the variety of zoysia grass you have it is always a good idea to reseed with the variety that was originally planted. This will help to avoid any contrast in characteristics such as color, density, height and texture.

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