Archive for September, 2010

Composting, Part II


posted on September 27th, 2010 by

Composting is the natural process that turns organic material like leaves, grass clippings, and twigs into a dark rich substance. By adding compost to your Zoysia lawn, it will help the grass grow in thicker and healthier. This is because an organic matter in the compost helps soil retain nutrients and water, to help benefit your plants.

Uses of Compost

– soil conditioning
– lawn dressing
– erosion control
– a potting soil component
– mulching

Benefits of Compost

As opposed to some fertilizers, composting won’t burn your grass if you accidentally use too much. Also, it won’t stain your walkways or concrete patios around your lawn. It is also prone to show results quickly.

CompostingPlacing Compost on Your Zoysia Lawn

Compost can be used as a natural fertilizer when planting new lawns as well as maintaining your existing lawn.

When distributing compost across a new lawn, use generous amounts of compost. Mix 4 to 6 inches of compost into the soil. Once the grass plugs are planted, thoroughly water the area.

When distributing compost across your existing lawn, place piles of about one shovel-full throughout your lawn. Using a rake, spread the compost throughout the lawn until the compost is in a thin layer about 1/2 inch thick. A thin layer of compost will break down quickly, releasing nutrients into the lawn without smothering your grass. After the compost is distributed, water your lawn well.

Compost works as a conditioner to your lawn, keeping it healthy and green. It is safe, organic, and with just 1 – 2 applications per year it can make a significant positive impact on your lawn’s health. Interested in composting? Read more about how to create compost from grass clippings to use on your Zoysia lawn.

Tools for Your Zoysia Lawn


posted on September 22nd, 2010 by

Tools for Your Zoysia LawnOnce you’ve decided to grow Zoysia grass in your yard, it’s time to plan for planting and maintaining your grass plugs. Knowing the right tools and how to use them can help you create a luxurious lawn that is easy to maintain!

Where to Begin When Planting and Maintaining Your Zoysia Lawn
Using the most efficient tools to care for your Zoysia lawn will save you both time and energy, while leaving your lawn in the best shape possible for you and your family to enjoy.

Listed below are tools you may want to use while establishing your Zoysia lawn:

Planting Grid – Create a planting grid to help aid you disperse your plugs during the planting process.

Step-On Plugger - Cut away unwanted growth while digging a hole for your plugs.

Amazoy Bulb Planter – Leave soil loose for easy planting of bulbs and plugs.

Shears - Cut and separate Zoysia grass plugs.

Easy Edge – Keep grass from creeping into walkways and flowerbeds. Read about the benefits of lawn edging.

Gloves - Protect and cushion palms and fingertips while working outside.

Moisture Meter - Use for on the spot moisture measurement.

pH meter – Measure the acidity or alkalinity of your soil. Read about the benefits of monitoring your soil.

Trowel - Use for moving yard material.

Planting a new lawn takes time, but once your Zoysia lawn is established, you’ll be left with a green, lush, and cushioned lawn. By following establishing your Zoysia lawn with regular care, you will keep it healthy and looking its best.

Caring for Your Zoysia Lawn: The Fall Season


posted on September 15th, 2010 by

As the temperature gets cooler and we get closer to the fall season, it’s important to continue caring for your Zoysia lawn. Using these techniques to maintain your grass will get you the best results throughout all seasons of the year.

Mow - During the spring and summer, Zoysia should be cut at the lower setting on your mower to remove dead leaf tissue. By September, this is unnecessary and the mower blade height should be raised by 1/2 to 1 inch for fall.

Aerate Your Lawn – To keep your Zoysia grass healthy, you should aerate your lawn each spring and fall. This helps prevent compaction of the soil and aids in preventing and removing thatch problems.

Dethatch - Zoysia grass can accumulate thatch because of its tough stem tissue. Thatch is a layer of partially decomposed plant material that builds up on the soil’s surface. Dethatching helps keeps the turf healthy by moving excess vegetation from the thatch layer.

Avoid Fertilization – Fertilizing your lawn in the fall (after August) may interfere with the natural hardening process which takes place before winter. Instead of fertilizing, leave your Zoysia in its natural state of preparation for the winter dormant period.

Zoysia responds dramatically well when treated with the right care. By following the plan for watering, fertilizing, mowing, weeding, and maintaining a clean lawn, your Zoysia will develop into a beautiful and inviting thick lawn.

Read more about care and maintenance for your Zoysia lawn.

Lawn Aeration


posted on September 1st, 2010 by

Plush GrassLawn aeration is probably the single best thing a homeowner can do for an established lawn.

To look its best, a lawn should be aerated at least once per year. Aeration is the process of mechanically poking holes in the soil to allow water, oxygen, and nutrients to better penetrate to the roots of your grass.

The best time to aerate your Zoysia lawn is in the spring, just before your grass beings to grow rapidly. Aeration machines are generally available from equipment rental stores.

Aerating your Zoysia Lawn Do’s and Don’ts

Do:

– Make sure the ground is soft enough. Water your lawn the day before you aerate.
– Use an aerator with hollow tines which pull up plugs of earth as the machine travels along.
– Use a criss-cross pattern. Direct the machine over the entire lawn, going back and forth in one direction. Then direct the machine to cross over the first set of rows in the opposite direction.
– Put at least 12 holes per two square feet of lawn.
– If you would like to remove the plugs of soil on the grass surface, let them dry a few days, then drag a small piece of carpet across the lawn to break them apart.
– Aerate in late April, just as the lawn is ready for vigorous growth.

Don’t:

– Use solid-tine spike aerators, which provide less benefits to your lawn.
– Aerate if your Zoysia is suffering from drought, the ground is hard and dry.
– Aerate during a dormant growth period.
– Aerate your lawn within the first year of establishment.

Benefits of Aerating Your Lawn

– Allows oxygen to get to the roots and the soil, allowing it to breathe.
– Increases grass growth.
– Allows organic fertilizers and nutrients get access to the root system.
– Water is able to better soak the soil and reach the root system.
– Helps to break up thatch.
– Loosens compacted soils, allowing the root system to grow.
– Allows pesticides to become more effective.
– Reduces the amount of weeds.

Aerating is ecologically friendly and can significantly improve the quality and consistency of your lawn growth. Read more about organic lawn care for your Zoysia lawn.