Q. We have brown patches in our zoysia lawn. Does it work to replace the dead areas with patches of fresh sod?

A. Is the sod dormant or dead? Zoysia grass will turn brown if it does not receive enough water but it will recover when the rains or irrigation and cool temperatures return. To test the brown areas, select two or three patches and water them generously every other day for a week. 

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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