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Hello Zoysia!


Finally, after 15 years in our house and six major roto-tilling grass re-do’s, my soul mate finally took the plunge and went for Zoysia. No more northernly, broad-bladed, water-sucking Fescue for us, no sir.

When it was all said and done, our Zoysia sod project was relatively simple–but extremely labor-intensive. We saved nearly $1,000 by prepping the soil and laying the sod ourselves, and we certainly have a tremendous sense of satisfaction. But I’m not going to lie to you: we were whipped when we were done.

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Step 1: Use a good roto-tiller to break up the soil. You need to go down at least six inches to get a really churn. (The mister did this in two installments; the first till was one Saturday, the second was the following Saturday.)

Step 2: Rake the soil to get rid of any stones or debris (pieces of bark or underlying construction leftovers, like we found), and to make the ground level.

Step 3: Spread a layer of fertilizer over the soil, then wet it down lightly so it stays in place. You don’t want a muddy bog.

Step 4: Lay the sod. This works best as a three-person gig. One person should unroll the sod; one person should stitch together the pieces (as each new piece of sod is laid, lift the edges so they fall together in a touching seam, not lapped on top of one another); and one person should have a tamper and water hose. (It took us about eight hours total, over the course of the third weekend.)

HINT: Keep the soil very wet while you work, and walk the edge seams to help seal them. Don’t water ahead of the sod, though, because a muddy bog is hard to work in, and unruly footprints mess up your even ground.


Author: Dolly R. Sickles

Writer, mother, wife, adventurer, agent of change, advocate, ally, volunteer, instructor ... I'm never bored. I write contemporary romance and romantic suspense under the name Becky Moore, and children’s literature under the name Dolly Dozier. You can also check me out at MacMillan Publishing’s Heroes & Heartbreakers, where I’m a romance blogger. During the fall and spring, you can find me in the classroom teaching other folks how to follow their dreams or how to fund their community outreach at Wake Technical Community College, and Central Carolina Community College. During the summer and at random times during the year, I'm out adventuring with my family.

2 thoughts on “Hello Zoysia!

  1. First of all, let me say that your house and yard look absolutely beautiful. The slide show is a great way to follow your “1–4” steps and keep you motivated during all the extremely hard work! Great job!

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