Q. We have a zoysia grass lawn at our new house. It is attractive and grows slowly so we do not have to mow very often but when we mow the lawn looks scarred. We are mowing it 2 inches tall with a rotary mower. One neighbor suggests that zoysia grass needs to be mowed by a reel mower. Is that true?

A. Zoysia grass is more difficult to mow than Bermuda or St. Augustine grass. It is easiest to mow with a reel mower because it cuts rather than rips. A rotary mower works okay if you keep it sharp and you mow every week. It does not work well if you wait a longer period between mowing. 

Calvin Finch is a retired horticulture agent in Bexar County. He writes for and works with a number of area media outlets.

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