The process of growing Zoysia grass from sod involves preparing the soil by removing all existing vegetation and debris, and then breaking up the first 6 to 8 inches of the soil. Fertilize the soil by adding one pound of lawn fertilizer per 100 square feet of growing area and then mix a few inches of compost into the top 6 inches of the soil. Plant sod within 24 hours of preparing the soil.
Planting Zoysia sod can take place during any time of year, but the best time to plant is between May and June. Zoysia sod is tough and hardy and better able to survive poor planting conditions than sprigs and seed. Delaying sod planting can expose plants to excess stress and may result in root death. When unable to plant immediately, roll the sod and store in a cool shaded area that offers plenty of humidity.
Do not plant sod during the hottest part of the day. Cooler early morning temperatures are ideal for planting as they ensure the sun is less likely to dry out the soil. Irrigate bare soil with enough water to dampen the first 6 inches immediately before planting and then water sod two to three times per day for the first few weeks.