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Questions About HOC

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I'm a noob to all of this and have a few questions about HOC for the experts, and Zoysia experts in particular. I have Zorro Zoysia which has a recommended HOC range from 1/4" to 3". I've been cutting it at 2.5" as it's very thick and my Fiskars push reel bogs down immediately if I try to cut it at 2".

It looks pretty good for an average lawn, but I would like to get it down to 3/4 or 1 ". I tried cutting it down with a rotary and even that chokes out trying to cut it at 2" Its THICK! The places I did try to cut it down that low looked very brown, not straw colored....a dark muddy brown. The blades are dark down below 2".

My question is this: How low can you cut Zoysia and have it recover and how fast does it recover? Does it matter if you cut it down so low that the whole lawn is dark brown or would that be killing the lawn? In spring when you "scalp" the lawn how low does that mean? Does that mean set your mower to 1/4" and take it down to the soil or what? I honestly have no idea how much I can cut off at once, how low I can go to scalp, and whether or not taking it so low that it is dark brown is killing it or not, or how long it takes Zoysia to recover.

I'm throwing myself out there as the dummy because I need answers, and maybe other noobs will get some knowledge from it as well.
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I wouldn't scalp or cut Zoysia low at all. It doesn't perform or respond to that type of scalping like Bermuda and Tif. Mine is ultra dense and likes it around 2-4" HOC. It needs around six hours of sunlight and it's golden. Requires double or more the water Bermuda and Tif requires/needs. I love my Zoysia. It's the kind of grass you WANT to take your shoes and socks off and walk on it. It comes from China meaning it loves water.

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