Zoysia – Proper Mowing

Q: I live in a townhouse community where the maintenance company mows the zoysia yards with a riding mower. Should the zoysia be mowed with a riding mower or reel mower?

A: Zoysia can be mowed with a rotary riding mower IF the blade is sharp. If the blade is dull, the grass will look green/brown for a couple of days after mowing because a dull blade shreds the grass tips. Lawns mowed like this will use more water. Ask the maintenance company about their sharpening schedule and observe the color of the grass after mowing next summer.

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