A: It would be a real gamble to lay zoysia sod now in September. Zoysia roots grow slower than other grasses, like Bermuda. Zoysia plants take around eight weeks to develop a good root system. You might choose to gamble if it’s only a small area you’re working with. However, in my experience, it would not be unusual for sod laid in September to get lots of winter kill, with many dead spots seen in spring.
Q: We lost our beautiful Japanese maple tree. It was seemingly well established. But in late spring, the leaves turned from green to brown and the tree slowly died. Can mushrooms in the soil kill a tree? Several were growing under the tree. What can we plant where the maple tree used to be? David and Martha Pierce, Cherokee County