Archive for May, 2010

Low Maintenance Lawns: Part I


posted on May 26th, 2010 by Steve Schug

GrassYou may be wondering how to grow an environmentally friendly lawn without spending a fortune. Well there are a few ways to save money while still focusing on being friendly to our earth. Here is the first part of two installments on how to keep your lawn both low maintenance and environmentally friendly.

First, it is key to understand the characteristics of any grass to determine how sustainable and beneficial it will be to the environment. All maintained grasses can provide an area that can be enjoyed by family, including pets, while still providing soil stability. But grass can do more than that.

A beautiful green lawn, with the help of trees and hedges, can help reduce the air temperature around a house by 7 to 14 degrees. That can significantly reduce the cost to air condition a home. Even more so, lawns absorb carbon, cleaning the air we breathe. Most every lawn can do this, but zoysia lawns can do it with less water, less fertilizer, less pesticide, less herbicide, and less mowing.

Zoysia is also more drought resistant, which ultimately means less watering for it to stay green, even in the heat of summer. Other grasses, which require more watering, can cause run-off of poor quality water into sewers from non-lawn and garden areas such as driveways. This can eventually reach our rivers and streams. But well maintained lawns absorb and filter water.

Even more so, Zoysia’s ability to be drought resistant means a reduction in the need for supplemental watering systems like sprinklers. Homes with thirsty grasses can sometimes use up to 85% of the total home water usage in warm summer months. That is quite a burden on the environment AND your wallet. And as water conservation becomes more and more important to a sustainable environment, lawns needing less water will provide the most environmentally friendly benefits.

To find out more about how low maintenance lawns can save you money and help the environment, check back soon for Low Maintenance Lawns: Part II.

Climate Change Means Lawn Care Change


posted on May 18th, 2010 by John

Climate change has changed the way that people are living. Whether it be investing in hybrid cars or using organic products, it has become increasingly important to try to do our part. Surprisingly, small adjustments in your lawn care regiment can have significant benefits. Here are a few reasons to start a zoysia lawn this spring.

Zoysia Going Green1. Watering

Watering and drought restrictions have become a part of life, happening more and more often over the past few years. And with over 80% of water usage during the summer being used towards lawn and garden watering, it is important to find ways to cut back.

To apply one inch of water on a ¼ acre lawn requires 2,000 gallons of water. And some grasses require multiple watering applications a week to stay green in the heat of summer. So having the ability to save a little goes a long way.

Since Amazoy’s root system is deep and extensive, necessary watering is rare. Grass will stay lush all summer with little or no water, which means less work from you.

You can check the drought monitor to see about water usage in your area.

2. Mowing

Amazoy grass is a slow growing grass that really takes the time to establish roots and fill in to form a dense carpet of grass. For this reason, it doesn’t need to be cut as often as other grasses.  Weekly cutting with carbon burning mowers does not need to be the norm anymore.

3. Chemicals

With ordinary grasses, you may experience problems with weeds or pests. This might lead you to use chemicals like herbicides or pesticides to help solve the problem.

However, spraying harsh herbicides and pesticides on your lawn can be harmful to the environment and to the health of you, your kids, and your pets. Luckily, Amazoy attacks these problems by growing a strong dense network that crowds out weeds and doesn’t let weed seed and pests make your lawn their new home.

4. Soil

Attempting to grow grass in an improper soil can be frustrating and require chemicals to help solve the problem. Amazoy thrives in a variety of soils: porous, rocky, sandy, clay, salty, etc. There is no need for frustration or chemical processes because one spring feeding of water-soluble fertilizer will suffice for an entire year. This helps keep harmful chemicals out of the ground.

Starting an Amazoy lawn today can help give a head start on helping the environment. The simple act of changing the type of grass in your lawn will allow you to make steps to have a lush, green lawn all summer while still doing your part.  The nicest side affect will be a healthier wallet, as well.

Spring Cleaning is for Your Lawn, Too!


posted on May 12th, 2010 by Steve Schug

Lush Spring LawnSpring maintenance is important for Zoysia grass upkeep. You should remove dead leaves and other materials from the previous seasons to improve passage of air, nutrients, and water. This will help your zoysia lawn to return to its lush, green appearance after a season of dormancy.

If you have a confined turf area, you can remove this material best by setting the mower at a lower setting to cut at approximately one to two inches height and mowing the lawn in two directions (north to south and east to west). After doing this, use a spring or grass rake to remove all dead materials by vigorously raking. This will promote earlier growth by removing the shade provided by old leaf surface.

You can also use a de-thatcher as well, which will help simplify the project.

Mowing Your Zoysia Lawn


posted on May 5th, 2010 by Steve Schug

Zoysia grass is a great solution for low-maintenance lawn care. But occasional upkeep is necessary, but not difficult. Although mowing is less frequent with Zoysia, cutting your lawn can help it looking healthy and lush.

Newly Planted Plugs

It is important to give newly planted plugs the time they need to establish. With that being said, you should NOT mow newly planted plugs for at least one month. After green growth is apparent, cut the grass at your highest lawn mower setting for the first few times. Be sure to use a sharp rotary or reel mower.

Mowing Zoysia LawnEstablished Lawns

Amazoy’s slow growth rate and spreading process really helps decrease the amount of mowing you have to do. Ordinary grasses require mowing about once a week, whereas our Amazoy zoysia requires about once a month, if that!

But when you do have to mow, there aren’t any secret tricks. While Amazoy can be cut below one inch, the mowing height of two to three inches is much preferred, and ensuring that the blade is sharp will make a lawn look its best. A good rule of thumb is to never remove more than one-third of the leaf blade.

Zoysia’s low maintenance upkeep allows you more time to enjoy your lawn and less time working on it.