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New Palisades Zoysia sod - winter watering

Posted on 2/17/24 at 6:12 am
Posted by Finnish
Member since Nov 2021
421 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 6:12 am
I had Palisades Zoysia put down about 10 days ago. I’ve been watering twice/day 6am and 1pm for ~20 min/ea since then.

The grass is mostly dormant. At a distance, the yard is completely brown, but if you look at individual sod pieces, you can see a little bit of green mixed in.

I put down pesticide (chinch bugs took out my St Aug last summer) and Fungicide a few days ago.

Am I supposed to keep up this watering for the next month until the grass starts to green up and root? Should I drop to once per day? Every other day?

Thanks
Posted by bbvdd
Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
24906 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 7:42 am to
How warm is it? You could probably back off to once a day as long as you water it very well since the sod is still dormant.
Posted by Finnish
Member since Nov 2021
421 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 8:02 am to
I’m in South Louisiana, so highs bouncing from 50s to 70s this month.
Posted by Trout Bandit
Baton Rouge, LA
Member since Dec 2012
13181 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 8:25 am to
I had Empire Zoysia installed a year ago and my contractor said to water it twice a week for one hour and it worked just fine. You might be watering too much.
Posted by Finnish
Member since Nov 2021
421 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 9:10 am to
Thanks, installer said daily for the first week. So I’ve done that part.

I’ll cut back to 1/day when warm (70s) and every other day when in the 50s or 60s until it greens up.

I do see more green than a week ago, but suspect we need some consistent 70s before it will take root.
Posted by ronk
Member since Jan 2015
6159 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 10:01 am to
Continue to water once a day for the next week in the absence of rain. Pull on a few pieces to see if it’s rooted.
Posted by Finnish
Member since Nov 2021
421 posts
Posted on 2/17/24 at 12:13 pm to
Thanks Ronk
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