I have a large yard and plant 5 of the 3" plugs in an 18" x 24" rectangle. I remove any existing sod and add back a mixture of peat moss and topsoil underneath and around the plugs. The extra space gives them a noncompetive environment. Water 3 weeks
The issue with your question is there are many strains of Zoysia. I would do a search for "Zoysia that grows in (my state)". There the state will have documented tests on what they've grown successfully and how to care for it. From the types that the state lists search those with pics to fine the species name of the type you have. Then you can order the correct plug.
I live in southern Delaware and feel the Harmony Zoysia Sod Plugs would do great in Annapolis.
I recommend the 3 inch square plugs. They are beautiful when they arrive. I like to plant them in mid May to mid June in Northeast TN.
Hello, I used my regular grass schedule to water them. They're fine. Which is 3 to 4 times a week
I remove the existing grass and place them in good topsoil (Miracle Grow contains fertilizer) and no added fertilizer in the soil. Later I apply liquid fertilizer with a hose end sprayer. Liquid is recommended for application as granular fertilizer can get on the shoots and damage them. I think granular fertilizer is okay if you go back and knock off the granules. Since they need to be watered daily for about 3 weeks, I plant them in groups of 4 or 5 and clear grass away from them for 2-3 inches. This way they can get started with little competition and they are easier to find to water. The plugs fill in the space the first year and really begin to spread the second year when the weather gets hot (>80 F). A lime application is also recommended after they take root.
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I think you need a different type of Zoysia for your climate. I don't think this strand can take your cold winter. Google zoysia grass for Iowa and there should be a state site that shows what types of grass grow well in Iowa and it'll show the tests the state has conducted as well as the care for each type of grass tested.
Yes. They need to be watered for 3 weeks until they take root.