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I had Zoysia at my old house. Sure, it turned brown in the winter, but so do a lot of other grasses. It never bothered me, because it was worth it for the benefits of the summer. But as the turf matures it will get less brown and more green. The better the soil prep at the start the greener the lawn will stay over winter.
I must agree with Gerry, since Espoma is what I use as well. I'm a fan of balanced fertilizers. Switched from Milorganite, and so far so good (two years already). They have two different series, just keep it mind: one for all around year usage and packs for each season (they all have different package color, for instance).gerrycoggin wrote: ↑Mon Feb 07, 2011 4:31 pmWe prefer to use Espoma Lawn Food but any slow release lawn fertilizer that is listed for use on warm season turf grass can be used. You can make your first application of Espoma organic lawn fertilizer in late winter or early spring according to the label directions. If you go with a different slow release fertilizer, be sure to follow the label as to when it is best to apply it. I've not heard of a colored fertilizer. There are dyes that can be applied but they are rather pricey and don't look very natural. If you search "homemade lawn paint" you can find some recipes for creating your own lawn dye.
As another option you might use Ringers or Greensense, or bulk fertilizers, such as ground corn, alfalfa, cottonseed, corn gluten meal, soy, blood meal etc.