In addition, be sure to watch for a blue-grey tint and limp areas of your lawn. This is not a fungus. It is caused by dehydration and is an indication that immediate watering is needed. This will usually occur on tops of
mounds, or areas where sprinkler coverage is not adequate. (It is acceptable to water in full sun, it will not burn the blades.)
Mow El Toro Zoysia weekly throughout its growing season. Mowing height may vary between 1 and 2 inches depending on preference. Never mow off more than 1/3 of the grass blade length at one time, since
plant injury may result. Always remove grass clippings or use a mulching mower.
Fertilize every month during the warm season. Make the first application in the spring when your lawn begins to recover from dormancy. During the warm growing season (March-Nov.) the amount of
clippings generated when mowing will be a "tip-off" to your lawn's fertilizer needs. If you find there are less clippings than previous mowings, your lawn has slowed its growth and fertilizer is probably necessary.
Use Marathon All Season Fertilizer. Follow label directions using the higher rates recommended for Marathon.
INSECTS & DISEASES-
El Toro Zoysia is highly resistant to insects and diseases. Generally water and fertilizer will help El Toro Zoysia outgrow any pests.
El Toro Zoysia will slow its growth as the average temperature cools. When the first frost occurs your lawn will turn brown until the following Spring During dormancy, water, fertilizer, and mowing will
not be necessary. It has become quite popular to spray dormant turf with green turf dye. If done carefully, the result can be very natural looking. Consult your nurseryman for product recommendations.
Generally El Toro Zoysia will require renovation every two years as a result of building up a thick, spongy thatch. Use a vertical mower set a 1/4 to 1/2 inch to dethatch your lawn. Do not set machine
lower than 1/4 inch. This should be done in the Spring After renovation, fertilize and water your lawn to speed up recovery.