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Zoysia grass maintenance

Zoysia grass maintenance tips from Your Neighborhood Lawn Service.

Compared to other grasses Zoysia grass maintenance is much different.

Zoysia grass originated in Asia and it seems to be unknown as when it was brought to the United States. Mowing height should be ¼ ‘’ to  2.5” off the top from a reel or rotary type mower.

Zoysia grass maintenance includes annual fertilization and should be done in the spring immediately after the first cut. Using 4- 6 lbs of nitrogen rich fertilizer per 1000 square feet.  A drop feeder or rotary applicator should be used for equal and consistent application. Using your hand is not recommended to apply fertilizer

Many grassy weed herbicides can be used as part of your Zoysia grass maintenance program. Preemergence and postemergence grassy weed herbicides can be used safely on most Zoysia grass varieties.

Unlike Centipedegrass and St Augustine most broadleaf weed herbicides are safe to use for your Zoysia grass maintenance program.

Another area of your Zoysia grass maintenance is controlling insects that can damage your Zoysia lawn. The most common and destructive are the Huntington Billbugs, Mole Crickets and White Grubs.

The three most common lawn diseases hindering your Zoysia grass maintenance program are Large Patch (also known as Brown Patch), Dollar Spot and Rust.

Large Patch is caused by different strains of fungus on lawns with low nitrogen levels and can be treated with a common fungicide.

Dollarspot is caused by not getting enough water in your lawn such as drought type conditions. To combat this disease aerate, dethatch and fertilize your lawn on a regular basis.

Rust another common lawn disease that can also affect your Zoysia grass lawn. Rust disease is caused by soil compaction and no or little fertilization application. To get rid of the Rust disease, aerate your lawn, water in morning hours and apply fertilizer high in nitrogen on a regular basis.

Moderate watering is necessary for your Zoysia grass maintenance, best in the morning hours. Lack of water will make the leaves turn brown and the turf goes dormant in one or two weeks.

Good luck with your Zoysia grass maintenance.

Rental Property Lawn Care

Being in the rental property lawn care business Your Neighborhood Lawn Service has seen many rental properties go downhill from the outside.

Whose responsibility is it to keep up the rental property lawn care? Well who owns the property? Does the tenant get a bad lawn notice from the city or home owners association? No, the owner does.

Arguably the property owner says it’s the tenant’s responsibility and the tenants say it’s the owner’s responsibility. What is the bottom line? Who gets hurt most if the rental property is not kept up to standards. THE OWNER

There are several reasons why as the owner of a rental property you should include the cost in with the rent. Oh I know the tenants say they own mower and will keep up with the cutting of the grass trimming weed eating and up keep on the shrubs if any.

Many rental properties I have seen the lawn mower apparently broke not running on the side of the house rusting. Oh yes the tenant once in a while will borrow a neighbors mower (until that gets old) or a relative in the area. But the rental property lawn care is still being grossly neglected.

Here are some good reasons to include professional rental company lawn care in with the rent.

1) Pride. The rental property lawn care company will take more pride in the work they do than the tenant does in the place he/she lives that are not going to own.
2) Curb appeal nothing looks better than a well manicured lawn in your neighborhood
3) Keep the value of the property
4) Tenant comes home to a well manicured lawn they are more apt to take care of the inside better.
5) Keep the home owners association off your neck.
6) A professional rental property lawn care will keep up on your property which will keep the value on the property up for longer period of time.
You can get a Free Quote from Your Neighborhood Lawn Service to manage your rental property lawn care