The First Step:
Make sure the last freeze of winter is past. You want to scalp your EMPIRE Zoysia with the mower, even if your EMPIRE Zoysia hasn't fully greened up yet. Set your lawnmower to a height of 3/4" to 1" to scalp the EMPIRE Zoysia down. Keep in mind, you only want to do this for the first cut. This will get rid of any thatch buildup and brown grass on top.
The Second Step:
You want to put down a slow release fertilizer. For EMPIRE Zoysia, a 15-0-15 ratio is a good fertilizer to put down.
The Third Step:
We suggest that you put down a pre-emergent to help stop any summer weeds before they show. If weeds are already showing, go to your local lawn care store to find out which herbicide is best for your weeds.
The Fourth Step:
Insects are a pain and we suggest that you put down an insecticide. Look for an insecticide that is broad spectrum and will kill off a number of different pests, especially bill bugs.
The Fifth Step:
For some reason, homeowners like to over water their lawns with the hotter days. EMPIRE only needs about an inch of water a week. Either from natural rainfall or irrigation. Over watering can lead to fungus or diseases in your lawn. If you have a lot of shade or have overwatered in the past, you will want to put down a fungicide.
Follow these steps to make your lawn the envy of the neighborhood.