Q: I want to convert my lawn from a weedy bermuda and centipede mix to zoysia. I want to use zoysia plugs to start the lawn. Would it be advisable to intermix fescue to provide a ground cover for the plugs as they get established?
A: If you plant healthy zoysia plugs six inches apart and fertilize a couple times afterward, they should knit together in one season. Fescue planted at the same time would compete with the zoysia. Unless there is some reason due to slope and erosion, I would not include fescue with the zoysia.