Archive for August, 2010

How To: Compost Your Grass Clippings


posted on August 26th, 2010 by Steve Schug

Everyone enjoys a beautiful, green lawn. However, lawns can create large amounts of grass cuttings which need to be disposed of. A great way to make good use of your Zoysia clippings that is both easy and environmentally friendly is creating a compost bin in your yard. A few simple steps can help your compost bin be productive, and prevent it from turning into a slimy problem that some may associate with composting.

Tips for Composting

- Mix grass cuttings with a tough more fibrous material like hedge clippings, wood chips, and leaves. The layers of grass clippings and brown material should be alternated. This balances the nitrogen level and provides air pockets that assist the breakdown process.

- Check the moisture of the compost. The material should be like a wrung out sponge. If the compost is too wet, add dry leafy material. If the compost is too dry, add water and thoroughly mix it in.

- Aerate the compost bin occasionally. Using a garden fork, turn the compost to aid the composting process. Mix the materials to avoid packing, and to increase the air pockets.

- If you have recently applied chemicals or herbicides to your lawn, wail until the rain has washed them clean before you add them to your compost pile.

- Add lime to your compost. This will jump start the decomposition process and prevent your pile from developing an unpleasant odor.

If all goes well, you will have a nice layer of compost at the bottom of your bin. Find out more about composting, or read more about maintaining your Zoysia lawn the right way.

Spend More Time Outside: Add New Elements to Your Zoysia Lawn


posted on August 19th, 2010 by Julie

While having a lush green Amazoy lawn is a great start, you may find that you want to add special elements to make your yard more appealing for outdoor activities. A yard with the right set up can be the perfect spot for hosting cookouts, family gatherings, casual conversation, or relaxing outside.

Remember your personal style, your needs, and the purpose of your outdoor space. With that in mind, you can express your individual style while still creating an amazing area.

Some Options for a More Inviting Yard

These elements can help you spruce up your yard and make it a more inviting, comfortable place.

- fire pit
garden
- patio
- outdoor furniture
- deck
lighting
- pool
- fountain
wind chimes
bird feeder, bath, or house

Bring your family together for outdoor fun any enjoy your Zoysia lawn. Read more about the benefits of Zoysia grass in your yard.

Zoysia: Grass for Every Climate


posted on August 12th, 2010 by John

ZoysiaLawnZoysia is an especially resilient grass that grows well in a wide range of climates and conditions, and requires less watering and mowing than most grasses.

Testimonials from Customers: Zoysia Provides Great Results

Zoysia grass is a warm season grass that thrives in summer heat. It stays green all summer long without supplemental watering, allowing minimal water use.

Survives summer heat and drought
“I just want to comment how happy my husband and I are with this lawn. We bought our plugs about 5 years ago. When we were on our hands and knees putting in each plug I thought this better be worth it. Well our yard is the envy of the neighborhood. Each year we could see it spreading. Now it is like a carpet. It is so thick. Last year in the dry weather everyone’s yard was brown. Ours looked great. I know people thought we were watering in the dark of night. My husband and I are so proud of our Zoysia yard.” — K.M.

Zoysia grass is so thick that it physically prevents weeds from entering. The lawn that forms will crowd out weeds, reducing your need for weed control chemicals.

No more weeds
“Although it was a lot of work planting the plugs (we had a large lawn) the work was well worth the effort. After about two growing seasons, our lawn looked so beautiful, without any weeds, that our lawn was the envy of the neighborhood.” — U.D.

Zoysia Prospers in Every Region

New England/Northeast — CT, MA, ME, NH, NY, RI, and VT

Mid-Atlantic – DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA, and WV

Southeast — AL, FL, GA, NC, MS, SC, and TN

South Central — AR, KS, LA, MO, OK, and TX

North Central — IA, IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, and WI

Southwest — AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, and UT

Northwest & Plains — ID, MN, MT, ND, NE, SD, and WY

Read more testimonials from customers of Zoysia Farm Nurseries, and see how Zoysia grass thrives in every climate.

Lawn Edging


posted on August 4th, 2010 by Steve Schug

Easy-EdgeInstalling borders in your yard is a great way to separate your Zoysia lawn from your garden beds, patio, neighboring lawns, and driveway. Our Easy Edge® is a decorative lawn edging system specially designed for defining your Zoysia grass.

Benefits of Lawn Edging

- Defines your yard.
- Creates practical borders.
- Gives you a neat mowing and trimming line, while saving time.
- Provides a root barrier to prevent grasses from entering flower beds.
- Adapts to straight or curved areas with ease.

Putting a lawn edging system in place is a practical way to give your yard a clean and finished look without a great deal of work. Plastic or metal borders can be inserted six inches into your Zoysia lawn to keep it from growing in unwanted areas of your yard.

Installing Easy Edge®

- It is flexible and easy to install.
- Made of durable plastic, Easy-Edge® is corrugated for extra strength.
- Withstands -30° temperatures and will last for years.
- Our Step-On Edger is helpful for installation.

Watch our instructional video on installing an edging system into your Zoysia lawn.